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Grow a Generation

Grow a Generation provides meaningful student projects in game design, robotics, engineering, and leadership. Our goals is to help you as a parent, coach, or teacher grow a generation of inquisitive life long learners who thrive in the new conceptual age. It is our mission to provide tools (curriculum, contests, resources, and project support) to help you help your kids (grades K to 16) see to fruition portfolio worthy projects that let them shine as STEM athletes, digital storytellers, and world changers.

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The new conceptual age marks a shift in what jobs of the future will look like, makes obsolete many aspects of our current education system, is marked by changing global markets and and explosion of information access. A new generation is needed.  It is a generation with the 21st century skills of innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, emotional intelligence, resilience, leadership and vision. It is a generation that is literate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is a generation with unique experience  applying  their passions into project based and inquiry based opportunities.

Grow a Generation is committed to help you find or support the passion based opportunities your child needs to grow and thrive.  Our mission is to give parents the tools to prepare young people to become digital storytellers, STEM athletes, and world changers. Our resources include print and e-resources, reference tools, camps, coaches, and online support of home learning labs in robotics, game design, digital tools and passion based learning to lead kids, teens, and young adults to 21st century skills.

  • Subscribe to our free newsletter.

  • Sign up for one the Grow a Gen Labs

  • Order resources to help you and your teen focus on a particular skill or begin a passion based leadership project.

  • Touch base with Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh, founder and president of Grow a Generation, to find out more about inspiring kids, K-16, to love learning.


In the News…


Baden Academy Students Partner with FedEx to Build New Dragon Tag System Ambridge Connection

Grow a Generation Breeds Future Engineers and App Developers by Tyler Baum, Pittsburgh Youth Media

5th Grade Environmentalist Erin Cheek Interview Neighborhood Voices

High School STEM Students Visit Point Park’s CSI House, Learn About Forensic Science  Point Park University Arts and Sciences News and Features

CS2N Helps Create an Evil Robot:  Computer Science Student Network

Spark Lunch and Learn Excitement is Growing:  Sprout Fund

Grow a Generation – An Interview with Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh: Gifted Parenting Support

Families Write Leadership Manual: A Sewickley Herald Article

Whiz Kid: Ian Cavanaugh co-authors a Grow a Generation resource: A Sewickley Patch Bulletin


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Ellen Cavanaugh, CEO Leah Kennelly, Project Manager Can you help children and youth become STEM athletes, digital storytellers and world changers? Grow a Generation helps to create meaningful projects for children and youth in game design, robotics, engineering and leadership opportunities. If you have a passion for technology, 21st century learning, and empowering young people, this …

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Grow a Generation Email: drellen “at” Mailing Address + 200 Hoenig Road + Sewickley PA 15143 Phone 724-266-1498 Event Locations Baden Academy Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School  

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This blog is not primarily financially driven. I put it up in 2007 to build a community and learn from smart readers. Regardless, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.  So here goes…   Please feel free to use the …

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  1. Fr Joe Carr

    Congratulations on the new web site. I hope folks take advantage of it.

  2. Phyllis Haney

    Very impressive, Ellen. This is a great idea. Keep it going.

  3. Katie Brocklehurst

    Thanks for the great blog! I asked my 5 year old daughter who her hero was and, without hesitation, she said “God.” I asked if she could tell me 3 things that made God her hero and she said, “He died, He raised from the dead, and He saves us all the time.” Definitely not what I expected, but I sure am glad I asked!!


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  4. Sandee Monahan

    Hello Ellen: Thank you so much for the news about Grow a Generation. I’m so excited for you. Congratulations on following your dreams and using your knowledge to help the community. Wishing you all the best on your new journey.

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    Best of Luck in your new endeavor! Hope it brings you much success!

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    I’m excited to get started with your program. I have a teenage son who has mental/emotional/behavioral disabilities and I’m always looking for ways to improve my parenting skills and help him grow. Sounds like an interesting and novel program. A lot of programs are aimed at typical kids and have rigid rules imposed by the nature of being a specific ‘program’ (for example, Boy Scouts has standards it must adhere to, or else it really wouldn’t be scouting) while your program so far seems to support a parent’s involvement.

    1. Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh

      Thanks for your wonderful enthusiasm! Scouts can be a phenomenal program and their merit badges are wonderful project based learning experiences. I would say Grow a Generation focuses more on parent involvement – I’m so pleased you picked that up. Please take a moment to subscribe to the free newsletter (or give me permission to add to the e-list). Your son is so blessed to have such a motivated mom!

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    Hi, Ellen!

    Just wanted to say “thank you” for the Games for Change Lunch & Learn post! We are so glad that you enjoyed the luncheon and that you were able to take significant tools and tactics away from it.

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