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 growing!  We have created a team of parents, community members, and educators from local school districts and Slippery Rock University.  Our goal is to create a central place where kids can explore STEAM careers and pre-service teachers can mentor them.  Our Full STEAM Ahead team is invigorated and excited to see collectively what we can achieve for KIDS!

Lorraine Shaffer

Founder, Executive Director, 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.

Board of Directors

Lorraine Shaffer

Lorraine Shaffer Executive Director


Leanna Jewart Secretary/Treasurer

Alicia Ferguson

Alicia Ferguson President


Beth Culley Director


Carrie Morgan-Davis Director

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