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