Grant Description

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s transformED is pleased to offer regional districts the opportunity to apply for new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) Catalyst Grants of up to $16,500, funded by the Grable Foundation. STEAM encourages a commitment to creativity, contextual thinking, and other aptitudes deemed critical to college and career readiness. transformED supports endeavors that strive toward achieving these goals in innovative and creative ways. Priority will be given to proposals that aim to increase STEAM opportunities to historically underrepresented communities. Considered grant proposals need to include an integrated approach that truly embodies STEAM learning in a meaningful manner.

Grant Themes

Grant proposals should increase student learning opportunities around at least one of the following themes:

  • Coding Across the Curriculum
  • Promoting Equity in STEAM
  • Repurposing Space to Support Deeper Learning


Grants are open to schools whose current free and reduced lunch rate is 90% or higher from the following western PA counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, & Westmoreland.


In addition to funding for project implementation, grantees will be supported through quarterly cohort workshops focused on developing local/national partnerships, running a pilot study, program evaluation, and grant writing:

Resident Experts

To further support grantees in project implementation, a network of internationally-recognized experts will available throughout the grant period for virtual consultation sessions at no cost. Resident experts include:

John Balash, Educational Network Coordinator, Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center Michael Corb, Senior VP / Education Practice Leader, CannonDesign Pittsburgh
Carrie DiFiore, LEED AP Designer, CannonDesign Pittsburgh
Carlyn James, Senior Strategic Designer, ThinkPlace Kenya
Yoon Jeon Kim, PhD., Senior Research Scientist, MIT Teaching Systems Lab
Erin Oldynski, Senior Account Manager, TechShop Pittsburgh
Ariel Raz, Learning Experience Designer, K12 Lab, Stanford University
Rob Riordan, Ed.D., Co-Founder, High Tech High; President Emeritus, HTH Graduate School of Education
Peter Wardrip, Ph.D., Learning Scientist, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab

Important Dates

Eligible schools must participate in a virtual information session at on:

  • Monday, May 8, 2017 (8:30-9:30 a.m.)
  • Monday, May 15, 2017 (2:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 (8:30-9:30 a.m.)

Applications can be found at and are due by
May 31, 2017.


Questions can be directed to Tyler Samstag (

Phone: 412.394.5829
Fax: 412.394.5750
Homestead, PA 15120, US
475 E. Waterfront Drive