Digital Salad received support from Hive Pittsburgh to present some programming during Hive Days of Summer . We were invited by Nina Barbuto, Manager of Girls’ Program at Carnegie Science Center , (Heather’s recent long time client) to present an activity to the GEMS [Girls Engaged in Math + Science] summer session held at the grade school in Wilkinsburg.
Heather created finger groove laser cut boxes at Tech Shop or the youth for the youth to build, decorate and take home for use as a planter or kitchen utensil holders. She discussed the process involved in creating these assembly required projects vs buying ready-made craft boxes at the store. This paralleled the unique produce we were presenting to them – ones that Tara planted, tended and procured as opposed to a round red tomato grown outside of Pittsburgh.
Tara brought freshly picked farm items including heirloom tomatoes, rattlesnake beans, patty pan squash, nasturtium, a variety of herbs and leafy greens. Kate sliced these with precision for youth to place on the all in one scanner-printer, to capture and output as usable materials. The colorful pallet the makers worked with were previously and freshly scanned farm harvest items.
Kate prepared a delicious assortment of farm harvested spreads paired with fresh baked bread. We enjoyed these after art-making while conversing with youth and other female STEM professionals, discussing our educational background, varied career paths, and things that inspired us while offering insight and advice to rising change makers.