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Brentwood students showcase 'Acres of Makers'

| Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

Brentwood Borough School District's Art in the Park is expanding to showcase more of what Brentwood students can “make” beyond the art classroom.

Acres of Makers is scheduled for from 4 to 7 p.m. May 18 on the middle/high school first floor and in Brentwood Public Library.

The school district is partnering with the community library and Handmade Arcade, a local organization that has held an independent craft show in Pittsburgh since 2004. Representatives from Handmade Arcade will lead a variety of hands-on learning activities designed for makers of all ages. The executive director of Handmade Arcade is a school district parent.

Acres of Makers is a collaborative celebration of local makers, artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, engineers and others.

The goal of the family-friendly event is to highlight all of the “making” in Brentwood that demonstrates how the students in all grade levels are independent, creative problem-solvers and contributors to new ways of thinking.

The program is an official Remake Learning Network event as part of Remake Learning Days, a two-week extravaganza that will feature more than 250 events through the Pittsburgh area. Kylie LaSota, coordinator of instructional technology and innovation, said being part of Remake Learning Days will showcase Brentwood's creativity beyond the district's borders.

“We hope to diversify the showcase and make it more hands-on,” said LaSota, adding that this is a teacher-driven event.

The Art in the Park was organized by art teacher Ben Miller. The Brentwood art department continues to lead the efforts.

Students will have projects from digital communications, elementary mathematics, writing, science, GATE projects, programming and robotics, secondary robotics, woodshop and art.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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