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.

Kid's Innovation Playground will resume Arts and Bots Classes on Monday, June 29th.  We will be following CDC Guidelines and are always open to suggestions from our families on how to keep KiP enjoyable and safe at the same time.  We'd like to thank Slippery Rock Township for letting us hold classes in their facility, an anonymous donor for paying the fee to rent the building, and of course the Grable Foundation for subsidizing Arts and Bots with reduced and free classes so that all kids can participate!! Register here on our website for classes.  Class size limited to 10 students!

    KiP  Safety Guidelines

 *  There will be a teacher and an assistant and they will wear masks when within 6 ft. of students.

 *  Class size limited to 10 students.  Mask recommended but optional for students.

 *  Students will be seated 6 ft. apart.

 * Tables, chairs, and equipment will be wiped down between class sessions.


Founder, Manager, Instructor, and Lead Learner

Lorraine Shaffer

 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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