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Kid’s Innovation Playground is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to bridging the educational gap in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) experiences for children PreK-8th grade in rural western Pennsylvania.



Kid's Innovation Playground will encourage and inspire a generation of life-long learners by valuing their unique passions and talents and exposing them to the latest technologies and potential career paths.

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Kid’s Innovation Playground is a place where children, teens, parents, and educators can experience the latest robotics, practice coding, and experiment with various technologies. Clients take classes at their level, advancing their understanding, increasing competency, and sparking enthusiasm for robotics, the arts, problem-solving, and engineering. Experiences are fun, meaningful, memorable, and motivational.

Kid’s Innovation Playground’s objective is to:

  • Provide an indoor maker-space where people of all ages can interact with cutting-edge technologies and receive personal coaching on use of the technology

  • Offer Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science, Boston workshops for children, parents, and educators

  • Offer BirdbrainTechnologies – Hummingbird Bit, arts and crafts coding workshops for children, parents, and educators

  • Support out-of-school initiatives provided by organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, and 4-H

  • Offer custom birthday parties and events for all ages

Lorraine Shaffer

Founder, Manager, Instructor, and Lead Learner

 Lorraine Shaffer is a retired elementary school and computer technology teacher. She is dedicated to bridging the gap in technological exposure and understanding for children, parents, and educators in northern Butler County. She is certified to teach Engineering is Elementary to children, as well as educators. She attended Birdbrain Technologies’ Catalyze Learning Institute and engages children using the Hummingbird Bit, coding, and arts and crafts. She is an experienced grant writer and helps organizations apply for public money to bring engineering and technology to kids.

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