Innovator Mindset

Reflect on personal attributes by interacting with student-made videos discussing the same characteristics they identify in themselves as those highlighted in the digital storytelling of Pittsburgh innovators. Local youth from Manchester Academic Charter School and Woolslair STEM Afterschool program.

Brave Not scared of how hard it might be to make something happen

Collaborative Working together towards a shared goal, being part of a team

Confident Believing in something or someone, especially yourself

Curious Having questions and working towards finding an answer

Determined Standing by a decision, no matter what difficulties are faced

Empathetic Ability to share another person’s feelings

Experimental Work with untested ideas or techniques not yet established

Motivated Enthusiasm for doing something

Observant Quick to notice things around you

Optimistic Disposed to favorable views

Passionate Strong feelings or a strong belief

Reflective Thoughtful and considerate of various factors

Resilient Recover quickly from difficult conditions

Resourceful Find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties or challenges

Risk Taker Willingness to try new things without knowing outcomes

Tenacious Persistence in achieving your goals

Visionary Planning the future with imagination or wisdom

Willing to Fail Unwavering sense of purpose and pursuit, regardless of fear of not succeeding

Tributes – Manchester Academic Charter School students were introduced to numerous Pittsburgh Innovators through their similar “Innovator Mindset”. Each of the 6th and 8th grade classes participated in a multi-day tutorial covering visual communication, image searching, editing techniques, and audio recording tips in preparation to use Videolicious [while still in beta], an all-in-one video editing app. Mrs. Koloshinsky developed a worksheet to help the digital storytellers map out their one minute tribute videos. This project was based in the Science class and supported by the Social Studies and Writing teachers. Students walked across the 16th Street Bridge to tour Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation Exhibition before submitting their completed scripts and compositions.

Enjoy some of the student-made tributes below.

Tribute and attributes by DeAndre

Curious: Influenced by his Grandfather, a clock repairman

Inquisitive: Gazed through a telescope into the night sky and wondered how it worked

Passionate: Created quality scientific instruments, over 3 years to perfect one lens

Resilient:By day worked in the steel mill and at night he made lenses. Once when he dropped a lens from having overworked hands, he began his work all over again.

Tribute and attributes by Ronald

Curious: Conducted research on the effects of pesticides on the food chain

Observant: Stressed that people are just one part of the natural world

Passionate: Learned from her mother to love nature and was inspired to write

Resourceful: Worked in a lab during graduate school to help pay for tuition

Tribute and attributes by Amani + Amber

Curious: Pursued a degree in science, developed interest at a young age

Determined: Discriminated against because she woman in a different time but she didn’t allow that to stop her

Resourceful: Repurposed Kevlar fibers originally to be used in tires but she found another way to use it for bulletproof vests

Tribute and attributes by Divine

Determined: Never went to college but became a professor and first Director of Allegheny Observatory

Motivated: Invented the bolometer [detects radiation or particles]

Visionary: Looked to the sky and tried to fly, made attempts but was beat out by the Wright Brothers

Tribute and attributes by Destany

Determined: Supported by parents to apply himself in school eventually ran his own lab

Motivated: Found the vaccine for Polio and saved thousands of lives

Risk taker: Tested on himself although some died to help find the cure

Tribute and attributes by Malajah + Shawntea

Brave: Took risks to save people’s lives

Collaborative: Worked with a team of people to be able to complete dangerous surgeries

Empathetic: Inspired by his mother’s medical condition and resulting death he set out to save other’s lives

Risk taker: Planned out what he was going to do, but sometimes unexpected things would happen during the surgeries