Zach Weber, of the Carnegie Science Center, freezes marshmallows in liquid nitrogen at a 21-plus night at TechShop in Bakery Square.
Adeetee Bhide and Susan Kuo attend a 21-plus night at TechShop in Bakery Square. The event featured local breweries and food vendors to benefit Kiva City Pittsburgh.
Justin Harvilla, attends a 21-plus night at TechShop in Bakery Square.
Ben Finn takes a pictures of Theresa Coleman trying a marshmallow that has been frozen with liquid nitrogen.
Emily Keebler, of Kiva City Pittsburgh, and Elisabeth Beall, an intern with the nonprofit Pittsburgh. Allison Farrand/Post-Gazette
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Party with a purpose: The TechShop in Bakery Square hosted more than 300 guests at its 21-plus night on Thursday to encourage people around the community to come and explore all that the Tech Shop has to offer. Guests enjoyed local fare from Wigle Whiskey, Voodoo Brewery, 5 Generation Bakery and Jimmy Johns, as well as interactive exhibits, including working with 3D printers and making felt bags. “I believe in a hands-on approach to technology ... physically making something that you craft is a transformative experience. We have to start showing people that art and engineering go together quite well, and can be used to help repurpose and recycle things all around us,” said Tech Shop COO Dan Woods. The event also raised funds for Kiva Zip, a nonprofit website that helps enable marginalized entrepreneurs to access 0 percent interest business loans through crowdfunding.
#GirlTech: Alandra Kahl, a professor of engineering at Penn State Greater Allegheny, said that while she doesn’t see very many young women in her classes, she is always encouraged by the ones who come through the doors. “I love having girls in my class. They think very creatively, outside of the box, which is what we need more of when talking about the future of engineering.” Added Beth Gaughan, who holds a degree in art, and is back in school for engineering, “There are definitely less girls in my classes, but I think we need to start looking at the fact that art and engineering go really well together. It’s about encouraging the next generation.”
#SEEN: Les Gies, Sean Gray, Will and Jennifer Guffey, Tim and Jennifer Janeway, Justin Harvilla, Susan Kuo, Adeetee Bhide, Ben Finn and Theresa Coleman.
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