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Partnership is the key to success here at WQED. Whether it's promoting other arts organizations on our FM channels, showing documentaries of local filmmakers and telling the stories of our region, or, in our education department, reaching out to collaborate with our schools and universities, museums, and corporations to enhance the lives of kids in our community, partnership is the way that we work here at WQED. Learn more about our featured community partnerships:

Design Lives Here Game On! Holiday Supply Drive iQ Zoo
iQ Kids Radio Kidsburgh Prix Jeunesse SciGirls
smart.squared SecureMyCyberspace Stem Video Game Challenge GetCurious  

Design Lives Here

The Design Lives Here initiative is an educational outreach program, offered in partnership between WQED Multimedia and the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania, that promotes learning about engineering via interactive teaching, mentoring, and challenge activities. With curriculum based on the popular show Design Squad, the program offers trainings for educators and challenge-based events for students in grades five through 11. Visit the Design Lives Here website for videos from our 2010 engineering event, information on how to participate, and more!

Get Curious, Pittsburgh!

Get Curious, Pittsburgh! was an innovative partnership between WQED and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh designed to educate the children and parents of our region about science, technology and discovery. Leveraging the traveling exhibition, Curious George™: Let's Get Curious, in conjunction with the television show, Curious George, we were thinking uniquely about how to engage parents in helping their kids be curious – for a lifetime. Visit the Get Curious, Pittsburgh! website for information from the project.

iQ Kids Radio

iQ Kids Radio is a collaboration between WQED and The Saturday Light Brigade, that asks families to listen, imaginatively together. iQ Kids Radio is a trusted source for media that caregivers can rely on and enjoy themselves. iQ Kids Radio will be a safe, entertaining and fun way to learn, listen, laugh and much more. Available through internet streaming, iQ Kids Radio is the go-to place for listening to learn.

iQ Zoo

iQ Zoo is an innovative new partnership between WQED Multimedia, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and PBS KIDS GO! that educates children about animals, habitats, and careers using engaging multimedia content, both at the zoo and online! Children can access iQ Zoo with an internet-enabled mobile phone at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and at participating zoos across the nation starting in 2011, or visit the complementary website for a learning experience at home, at school, or on the go. iQ Zoo is the first project in the nation to use QR-code technology to leverage the capacity and reach of PBS content in partnership with a community-based educational facility. Learn more at iQzoo.org.

Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh

Once home to Fred Rogers, Pittsburgh is now home to modern-day Fred Rogers who - like Fred - make use of child-centered media, technology, and arts to engage kids in learning, inspire their creative play, and generally provoke their innate curiosity about the world around them. Kidsburgh is an all-out effort by a large and collaborative group in Pittsburgh to make Pittsburgh the best place for kids on the planet. Download a comprehensive guide to Kidsburgh and its many members from across southwestern Pennsylvania, or visit the Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh website for more information!


SecureMyCyberspace is a partnership between WQED and Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute (INI). The INI was established by Carnegie Mellon in 1989 as the nation's first research and education center devoted to information networking. The INI promotes safe and responsible online behavior to citizens at all levels and partners with like-minded organizations to extend cyberawareness educational and outreach programs to the broad audience of people using information networking as part of their daily lives. SecureMyCyberspace will education children and adults about how to use technology safely and securely, and will empower them as digital citizens in the 21st century. Visit SecureMyCyberspace.org for more information.


WQED and Winchester Thurston School are partnering to provide cool new summer camps for students in grades Pre-K – 8, based on your favorite PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! shows! There is something for everyone: programs focus on numerous topics including art, science, paleontology, cooking and nutrition, engineering, Spanish language and culture, reading and writing, animal behavior, and even superhero journalism just for girls! All camps are held on Winchester Thurston’s North Hills and City campus locations. WQED members receive a 10% discount on all smart.squared camps. Learn more and register at smartsquared.org.

STEM Video Game Challenge

The 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge will award prizes to middle school students (5th-8th grade), high school students, college students (undergraduate and graduate), and educators for coming up with the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) video games using a variety of free game-making platforms. The Challenge launches on November 15, 2011 and closes on March 12, 2012; winners will be announced in the summer of 2012. The Challenge is being launched in partnership with the Digital Promise, a new initiative created by the President and Congress, supported through the U.S. Department of Education. The implementing partners for the challenge are the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media. Learn more about the national contest online.