About the Program

Design Lives Here is a semester-long engineering initiative that equips teachers and students (grades 5th-8th) to participate in engineering activities within their school or afterschool program. Professional engineers serve as mentors to students throughout the year. Schools who participate are diverse – public, parochial and private – and have the option of making this part of their school day or an extended program. Each spring, all the participants come together for a day of engineering challenges, grouped in new teams to compete for prizes. Design Lives Here activities are inspired by the popular PBS KIDS program and website, Design Squad Nation.

The 2023 – 2024 Design Lives Here initiative is a project of WQED Multimedia, with major underwriting by Howmet Aerospace FoundationMSAPPG and PPG Foundation, and additional support from ATIMastech DigitalPitt Swanson School of Engineering, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, ANSYS, HATCH, Gateway Engineers, McKim & Creed, and founding partner the Engineers’ Society of Western PA.

Our Impact

Since Design Lives Here began, it has impacted thousands of students in our viewing area!

Participating Schools
  • Armstrong School District
  • Baldwin Middle School
  • Beaver Area Middle School
  • Bradford Woods Elementary School
  • Butler Area School District – Gifted Program
  • Canonsburg Middle School
  • Clarion Area Elementary
  • Corry Area Intermediate School
  • Corry Area Middle School
  • Deer Lakes Middle School
  • Francis McClure Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Greenville Area School District (Jr. High School and Elementary School)
  • Grove City Middle School
  • Homer-Center School District
  • Hosack Elementary School
  • Immaculate Conception Parish School
  • Independence Middle School
  • Ingomar Elementary
  • Ionta Elementary School
  • Delahunty Middle School
  • Keystone Elementary School
  • Laurel Highlands Middle School
  • Marshall Elementary
  • McKnight Elementary School
  • Megan Simpson
  • Moon Area School District
  • Mount Pleasant Area School District (Gifted)
  • North Clarion Elementary School
  • Oil City Area Middle School
  • PA Distance Learning Charter School
  • Peebles Elementary
  • Pittsburgh Schiller STEAM Academy
  • Redbank Valley Intermediate School
  • Roy A. Hunt Elementary School
  • Ryan Gloyer Middle School
  • South Side Area School District
  • Stewart Elementary- Burrell SD
  • Trinity Middle School

Hear from our sponsors

Malesia Dunn, PPG Foundation

Mark Deasy, MSA, The Safety Company

Joe Manich, ANSYS Inc.

Doug Bae, Arconic

David Teorsky, Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania

Matt Beale, Daedalus

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