Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students

The themes of our 2014-2015 programs were:

  • October: Environmental Science
  • November: Math Skills (linked to urban planning)
  • April: Math Skills (linked to measurements in sports)

PACES thanks the students and volunteers of FROGS for welcoming us to their program! We were so impressed with the work ethic of the students and the enthusiastic support of the volunteers.  PACES looks forward to visiting this wonderful group again in the spring.

Learn about past "Sci-tectives" programs in our STEM outreach archive >>

"Thank you, PACES, for another great program! The children really got into their tasks and had a great time. Some of the students really struggle with their math homework. This was a good way for them to experience the fun that math can be, as well as how necessary it is in our daily life. I know how much time it took to put all of those activities together. Thank you for your hard work and for the time you've spent with us. I hope that we'll be able to spend more time together in the future."

​Flo Raisig (fall FROGS interim director) & the FROGS volunteers


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The PACES STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach program was called
“Sci-tectives” and centered on creating investigative, experiment-based learning activities for students. The program was for students in grades K-6 and occurred through partnerships with local after-school programs.  We aimed to foster excitement and curiosity for STEM areas through engaging and fun educational activities in which students used science to solve mysteries. Sci-tectives has been expanded to our "After-school Connections" program.

Fall 2015 

This September, PACES again provided "Sci-tective" programming for students enrolled in the FROGS after-school program for K-3 students attending Edgewood Elementary, which is part of Woodland Hills School District. FROGS is a non-religious after-school program sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood. We are very excited that we were able to expand our
"Sci-tectives" program this year to include a field trip for the students and educators of FROGS. PACES covered the bus and admission costs for a journey to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The field trip followed our habitat program ("The Case of the Habitat Hoppers"), which we presented the previous week.

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this great group of students and adult volunteers. It's always nice to experience the museum through a child's eye--especially if it's the student's first visit! View the slideshow below to see some snapshots from both September programs. 

​2014-2015 School Year

In April 2015, PACES provided our fifth "Sci-tectives" program for the students and volunteers of  This is the second year in a row PACES provided FROGS students with learning activities as part of our "Sci-tectives" program and we look forward to working with this wonderful group again next year.

PACES received the following note after our fall programs: 

Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students