Encouraging and inspiring 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 (KiP) was founded in 2019 by Lorraine Shaffer, a retired elementary school teacher. KiP received 501c3 status April 8, 2019. We began in a small building in Slippery Rock, PA offering drop-in STEAM opportunities and classes in robotics, engineering, video production, and tech tinkering for students Pre-K -8th grade. We quickly out-grew our small building and began renting space from other organizations, such as the Slippery Rock Community Center. In 2021, we were welcomed by the North Trails Public Library to hold camps and classes in their community room. Over the past three years we have served over 1000 students within a 50 mile radius of West Sunbury. We are excited to begin a new program at North Trails Public Library and Slippery Rock Community Library, Tech Tinkering! Tech Tutoring in September, 2022.
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 Western Pennsylvania. She is certified to teach Engineering is Elementary to children, as well as educators. She teaches Arts and Bots using the Hummingbird Bit, coding, and arts and crafts. She is experience teaching video production using WEVIDEO and has experience with many of the latest educational tech products such as Makey-Makey, OSMO, and Ozobot.