The evening included four original books published by third and fourth graders, a movie premiere, some robots and games, science fair projects, and a display of Virtual World creations.
Here are this year's fellows:
Eli Lishack, fourth-grade, with assistant Tim Bayne premiered Butterfly Girl, an original creative film highlighting the work of third-grader Erin Cheek to save the Monarch butterfly.
Gavin Phillips, fourth-grader, with assistant Brian Curry worked on their book Saving a Galapagos Penguin Family with profits earmarked for the National Aviary. The children’s book is a short story about two boys who bravely work to rescue a family of Galapagos Penguins.
Kate Huoy, fourth-grader, authored The ABCs of Veggies, a hilarious and artistic preschool children's book. The Pittsburgh Food Bank is the recipient of any profits made from the sale of her book.
Veronica Judt, fourth-grader, and Kamryn Vilsek co-authored Hamster Fun Facts with proceeds to benefit Petsmart Charities.
Kadie Belic, third-grader, premiered her website Kadie's Souvenirs with Baden Academy print-on-demand coffee mugs, iPad cases, and student art T-shirts. Funds are being raised to integrate a mission command from Dream Flight Adventures into the Media Lab.
Miriam Whitacre, fourth-grader, with assistant Jadyn Perza have posted their first two Kitty Whisperer videos on YouTube. They have become cat rescue advocates by helping the Humane Society in their adoption efforts. Tune in soon for their the upcoming "Kitten" webisode.
Erin Cheek, third-grader, has made Baden Academy an official Monarch Way Station. Her milkweed plants were used by the fourth grade to understand plant life cycles, germination and pollination concepts as they watch them grow during recess.
Other projects included a directory of tested mobile app development tools by Owen Rossi-Keen, fourth-grader; an interactive educational piece to help the academy's film and game makers integrate music into their projects by Skylar Reese, fourth-grader; and a hands-on presentation for kids by Courtney Webster, fourth-grader, with assistant Elise Propst on How (not) to Break a Computer.
The most popular display of the night was the virtual Baden Academy created in MinecraftEdu. Casey Reynolds, fourth-grader, with assistants Matt Scheib and Caleb Knox created this interactive display to demonstrate the educational potential of this gaming environment.
Mentors collected for these various teams and projects ranged from Mother Monarch, environmental engineers, MinecraftEdu teachers in Finland and Australia, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, parents, and the Beaver County Youth Entrepreneurship Collaborative.
Some of the kids are even going to space. Well, their names at least. Ava Coups, fourth-grader, with assistants Glorian McDaniel, Emily Fink, and Bryant Ainsbury demonstrated the right stuff in their NASA Design Challenge. They are now part of the official virtual crew aboard the Orion, NASA's replacement for the Space Shuttle. Their names and the name of Baden Academy are going to space as virtual crew members.
Grow a Generation is the company contracted to provide the Research Fellow program at Baden Academy.