Youth Education

The Drew Mathieson Center offers a variety of STEAM(science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics)-based education and mentorship opportunities to local schools and community organizations.

In keeping with the DMC’s focus on community involvement and applied learning, students participate in real-world learning experiences, both in and out of the lab. Our student-driven, project-based classes introduce students to environmental stewardship and responsibility and instill community pride and respect.

Since beginning its first youth education pilot program in November of 2014, the Drew Mathieson Center has partnered with a variety of different schools and community organizations, including: Manchester Academic Charter School, Change the Game, Propel Braddock Hills High School and Elementary School, Avonworth High School, Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment, Tree Pittsburgh, Fallingwater’s Learning Through Architecture program, Arts Excursions Unlimited, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and more.

The Drew Mathieson Center’s project-based approach to learning provides students with meaningful, real world experiences in STEAM fields.

Students disengaged by standard teaching practices acquire skills and knowledge through independent exploration and problem solving. Students take an active role in their own learning by assuming the roles of landscape designers, engineers, role models, urban farmers, and entrepreneurs. Not only do students become more knowledgeable about important topics like environmentalism, food production and security, neighborhood beautification, and business practice, they also share that knowledge with others through mentoring opportunities and community events and presentations.

To learn more about the Drew Mathieson Center’s educational partnership opportunities, contact us today.


“Do what you love.”

-Dominique, Learn and Earn summer intern at the DMC