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Skills21 at EdAdvance Offers Personal Interest Projects for Students, Teachers, and Families to Foster Creativity and Innovation at Home

April 6th, 2020

April 6, 2020 — Across the country, state and local leaders have identified personally meaningful student projects as a best practice that can be used during this period of remote and distance learning. To help students, teachers and families take advantage of this strategy, Skills21 at EdAdvance is sharing pip.skills21.org, a free curriculum and online platform that guides students through a process to explore an area of interest and create something of their own choosing. Students are encouraged to get creative! Learn to code, build something, create a series of paintings, sew, shoot a film, do an experiment! Over 200 students have already signed on and have started building their projects.

In early June, Skills21 will also host a PIP Online Expo in concert with the team’s nationally recognized Expo Fest which will also take place online this year.

Because it’s so important that students remain connected to adults and peers during this time, each task provides an opportunity for students to collaborate digitally with family members, peers, teachers and the Skills21 team.  Students will get feedback from existing Skills21 Expo Fest judges and there will be student awards in a range of categories.

Of special note to parents, while students can sign-up through their school, they are also able to work on a project independently from home with support from the Skills21 team. Anyone can get started immediately at pip.skills21.org

The Skills21 Personal Interest Project curriculum, platform, and online support are free to all schools, students, and families. Skills21 PIP has been adapted from the organization’s Capstone program which has been supported by the National Science Foundation. For more information visit skills21.org/pip or email info@skills21.org

About EdAdvance

EdAdvance is the Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) in western Connecticut, providing diverse education, health, and human service programs to promote the success and well-being of schools and communities. To learn more about EdAdvance’s programs and services, visit www.edadvance.org.

About Skills21

For 18 years, Skills21 has worked with schools and organizations to promote inspired learning, creative designs, and student solutions to real world challenges in STEM and new media. For more information, please visit skills21.org.


Matt Mervis, Director 

Email: mervis@edadvance.org

Cell phone: 413-717-2839

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