Assemble

Building Confidence Through Making

Our Story

Assemble is a community space for arts and technology located in Garfield, in the East End of Pittsburgh. Assemble unites artists, technologists, and makers with our neighbors of all demographics and provides a platform for experiential learning, open creative processes, and building confidence through making.

Through dedicated daily afterschool and summer programs, Assemble provides a space for children and adults to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM)-based activities in a fun, relaxed environment. We provide a space for learning, community, and public art to improve the quality of life for Garfield residents.

By providing engaging activities designed to increase STEAM educational opportunities to the children who need it most, Assemble’s programs work to positively empower our community’s children.

Assemble was founded in 2011, and has since served over 20,000 youth in the Pittsburgh area. Through dedicated daily afterschool and weekend programs, Assemble provides an on-ramp to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) education. Assemble’s educational philosophy also encompasses the growing Maker movement and the push to reinvent Pittsburgh as a “city that makes things.” Access, opportunity, and diversity are central to Assemble’s incorporation of these values.

According to recent studies by the Afterschool Alliance, students who participate in afterschool STEAM programs learn STEAM-relevant life and career skills, and also acquire an increased awareness of career options available to them. Students in STEAM afterschool programs are also likely to report excitement for learning technology and science in school (May 2010. ”America After 3pm Special Report on Summer: Missed Opportunities, Unmet Demand.” Afterschool Alliance. 24 pages. Accessed Oct. 24, 2014).

Over the past five years, Assemble has been steadily gaining capacity to serve youth both in Garfield and across the city. Garfield is home to nearly 4,000 Pittsburgh residents, with 44.5% living under the poverty line. With a median income of $22,821 and a high school graduation rate of 54.6%, the neighborhood lags far behind other Pittsburgh neighborhoods and national averages. Assemble provides a space for learning, community, and public art to improve quality of life for Garfield residents.

We BUILD CONFIDENCE THROUGH MAKING
by uniting communities of
ARTISTS, TECHNOLOGISTS, MAKERS, AND LEARNERS.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Assemble
Assemble

5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224