Do you have a 6th-10th grader passionate about Science, Technology, or Engineering? Fill out our application for an interview to become an Odyssey Fellow at our STEM Leadership Center.

We are located within Baden Academy, 1016 W. State Street, Baden, PA 15005  and open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Students new to the Center can sign up for can explore our existing fellowships and generate ideas for their own passion-based project.  We help our odyssey fellows partner with leaders around the world seeking to solve the very problem that ignites their passion. They publish books, create web resources, build electronics prototypes, make YouTube resources, and mobile apps. They take their creations to regional and national STEM competitions, science fairs and maker faires. They also lead and sponsor local STEM Tours, STEM Activities, and STEM Competitions.

Our programs give kids agency to innovate, think critically, collaborate, and create meaningful projects worthy of their noblest aspirations. In the process, they learn perseverance, emotional intelligence, and leadership.



STEM Career Tour on the Ohio

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Fellowship Interviews

by appointment

at the STEM Leadership Center @ Baden Academy

Does your child think they want to pursue their passion in a cutting edge science and technology topic? Come in and talk with us about the possibilities.

Questions: Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at 724-266-1498 or drellen@growageneration

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Find Your Passion

Begin the Find Your Passion Journey and expect to spend 4 sessions in the lab with our expert guide Wyatt.  Complete the journey to receive your personalized ten-page report that will finally provide the answer to the question people can’t stop asking, “What are you going to do after graduation?”

Complete the journey and find yourself on a new path, one to create meaningful projects steeped in your new found passion, projects to partner you now with the leaders in the field you most want to work with, with the academic mentors you want to learn under, and with people who can help you get noticed by scholarship committees, admission boards, and future employers.

Sign up today at the STEM Leadership Center @ Baden Academy

Gift Certificates are available on request

Find Your Passion turns career guidance on its head. Most “interest inventories” and “career tests” take into account a variety of personality traits and tell you the job that a lot of people with your same traits work in. A lot of us walk away uninspired, feeling misunderstood, or cemented into a future we are not passionate about.

Rather than basing a 20th-century career recommendation on your personality score, we help you look for real problems in the world that need you to help solve them. Come with us to identify a major problem, challenge, and opportunity that faces our 21st-century world. Many of these don’t even pop up on your radar until you are heading into graduate school.

Don’t wait! Learn what types of projects, academic experiences, and mentors you need to seek out help solve the challenges you are most passionate about. Fair warning – the problems we are introducing you to are in Science, Engineering, and Technology. We want to open your mind to the real careers that are waiting, to jobs that can help you pay for the student loans you will probably accumulate, to dreams of robotics, biomechanics, nanotechnology, or space, to tribes of enthusiastic problem solvers that help keep you motivated to make a meaningful difference in the world.

What you get for persevering through this fun journey to find your passion is a well-scripted, meaningful answer to that proverbial question “What are you doing after graduation?” You’ll have an answer that leaves them speechless!

Take the first step in a Passion Based Project. This isn’t just about identifying what you want to study in college.  The Find Your Passion journey sets you on the path of an Odyssey to meet the people you want to work within the future, the problems you want to spend your time solving, and the skills you need to become part of solutions now.  The STEM Leadership Center is excited to bring you to four sessions of Find Your Passion that will help you find Science, Engineering, and Technology problems that lead to real careers. 

Join an Existing Fellowship

Look through the news for videos and features from our existing fellowships. All are open to having new members on their teams! Come work to make a meaningful difference with solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, building robots to remove pollution from the Ohio River, researching new bridge-building technology to rescue our failing infrastructure, creating cryptocurrency resources to further economic literacy with kids, investigating hardware and software developing with RFID tags and systems, contributing the voice of youth to the battle against addiction, or working to build and program four-legged robots (their current project is a robotic kitten for Alzheimer’s patients).

Questions: Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at 724-266-1498 or drellen@growageneration

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Game Design

Odyssey Fellowships and camps have helped produce a number of games and mobile apps! Games are the largest growing segment of the entertainment industry ($180 billion in revenue last year). Inspiring our students to be creators and not consumers is a big part of our mission!

Science Fair

The STEM Leadership Center can take you or your team to the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF). The Covestro PRSEF is held at Carnegie Science Center. Registration is in November for the Science Fair for a presentation in March. The PRSEF is the regional competition into the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competitions.


Student Registration Deadline for projects requiring pre-approval
– Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Note: All projects involving potentially hazardous biological agents, human subjects (including surveys), non-human vertebrate animals, or potentially hazardous chemicals, activities, and devices require pre-approval.

Student Registration Deadline for projects not requiring pre-approval
– Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

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