Citizen Science Lab announces collaboration for 3D printing of organs, funded by a $75,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation


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In collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, the grant will provide high school students with hands-on experience in 3D printing organs and tissues.

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Citizen Science Lab has received a $75,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation to help launch its new program, C3-PO (the Collaborative for 3D Printing Organs). In collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, the Citizen Science Lab will teach students from underserved communities about the processes involved in the ever-evolving field of soft tissue biofabrication. This will be done by providing a cohort of 10-15 local high school students with hands-on experience in tissue culture and organ printing. The planned launch date for this program is August 2022.

“Equity in education requires consistent exposure to high-quality experiences led by experts and supported by strong community partnerships,” said Jamillia Kamara, program manager for education at the Pittsburgh Foundation. “The data tells us that black and brown students are less likely to participate in these activities during the school day. Supporting after-school time programs like Citizen Science Lab plays a crucial role in positive long-term educational outcomes for our region’s most vulnerable young people.

Through this program, the Citizen Science Lab plans to show the capabilities of already existing 3D printing technology and its potential impact on the field of modern medicine. This project is designed to provide an in-depth and supported educational experience that motivates high school students to join STEM fields, while teaching these students the advanced research skills desired by colleges and research labs.

“The goals of this project are to bring the cutting edge of innovation in biomedical engineering and 3D bioprinting to young students to inspire them and give them real hands-on experience that will put them ahead of their peers should they decide to pursue an education or career in a related field,” said Dr. Rachelle Palchesko, Special Scholar in the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. “The project will expose them to areas of biomedical engineering and STEM that the Most students only learn once at university.”

The Citizen Science Lab and Carnegie Mellon University, through this educational program, aim to help make Pittsburgh one of the leaders in the emerging field of biomanufacturing by creating the diverse, cross-disciplinary workforce needed to meet the STEM needs of our country.

About the Citizen Science Lab

Founded in 2015, The Citizen Science Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has become a city leader in providing interactive STEM programs to Pittsburgh residents. Located in the Hill District and South Hills area, The Citizen Science Lab provides an accessible space to connect young people with opportunities to increase STEM knowledge, academic achievement and self-confidence. It incorporates state-of-the-art labs that provide hands-on exposure to life sciences, biomedical education, robotics, and biotechnology for students, teachers, biomedical startups, and adults. The Citizen Science Lab has served over 4,000 students from communities including, but not limited to, the Hill District, Homewood, The North Side, Penn Hills, Peters Township, and Upper St. Clair.

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Source: The Citizen Science Lab