Research Fellowship Applications are Available

Applications are now open for research fellowships
(club applications will be available in 3-4 weeks).

Baden Academy Charter School Research Fellowship Application 
Deadline is Wed., Sept. 5, 9:00 am 

Robert Minford and Baden Academy Research Fellows at FedEx

Amazing kids in grades 3 to 6 and amazing faculty,  have the opportunity to apply for a Research Fellowship and work hard to become a STEM Athlete, Digital Storyteller, and World Changer. Research Fellows are supported to design and follow through on robust and creative inquiries into what ignites their passion and celebrates their unique brilliance. They will produce  meaningful  projects and unique contributions that engage them as autonomous and purposeful learners.

Fellows choose from diverse fields of study which pique their imaginations and resonate with their unique talents and individual passions. Their real-world project suggestions must make valuable contributions to the community that will be shared and disseminated with published materials, digital artifacts, and teaching opportunities.

We help you pick your topic!  Fellows choose from diverse fields of study which pique their imaginations and resonate with their unique talents and individual passions. Their real-world project suggestions must make valuable contributions to the community that will be shared and disseminated with published materials, digital artifacts, competition entries, and teaching opportunities. A discussion with a fellowship coordinator allows us a chance to partner your interests with real world scientists, charitable organizations, and successful entrepreneurs looking to support students pursuing STEM.

Once accepted into the program, research fellows engage in projects that instill and strengthen a 21st-Century skill set of innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, emotional intelligence, resilience, leadership, and vision. A statement of goals and objectives is developed that identifies and applies skills and insights from multiple fields of study (e.g. science, technology, engineering, math, robotics, game design, medicine, energy, entrepreneurship, and leadership).

View our playlist of the 2018 Baden Academy fellowship projects (and don’t forget to subscribe to our BACSMediaLab Channel).


Mentors from around the globe are solicited to assist our research fellows as they face the challenges of their project. Mentors communicate their own experience and take special interest in helping each fellow develop into a successful professional with unique interest and skills in their chosen field.  Innovation Lab Research Fellows’ mentors are specifically expected to:

●      Help the Research Fellow arrive at clearly stated goals and objectives of any proposed research projects;

●      Monitor the fellow’s research experience at least once a quarter to discuss progress, results and plans for next steps;

●      Participate as available in the completed projects celebrations in the press and in person.

Past mentors include Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth of Penn State University, Cheryl Bonnes of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, RoPro Design, Software Engineers from Fed Ex, Beaver County Humane Society, ASPCA, Dream Flight Adventures, Beaver County Youth Entrepreneurship Network, Lincoln Learning Solutions, BeautyCounter, Park Rangers, Dr. Subha Das at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Emily Furbee at University of Pittsburgh, Professors and Conservation Officers from New South Wales Australia, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, the Marine Mammal Center in Sausilito, CA., Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the Epilepsy Foundation, Paws with a Cause, the Sisters of St. Joseph,  Emergency Response Providers, RedMorph, Baden United Food Bank, We Schools, Future City, Future Engineers, TED-Ed Clubs, and FIRST Robotics.


Research Fellow authors create books with leading scientists, academics, and professionals about topics that inspire them. Once the books are written, student explore e-publishing, e-commerce and merchandising. Examples include:

  • Quincy Sirko, Clayton Russell, and Angelina Dioguardi have all gained local and national recognition after authoring a book on the Opioid crisis, What The Heck is Opioid Addiction.
  • Carter Catalano and Hobby Schweikert partnered with Dr. Emily Furbee at the University of Pittsburgh Computational Biology department to author Fred the Fruit Fly visits Dr. Furbee’s Lab about genetic research being done to help cure cancer and other genetic disorders.
  • Gavin Phillips authored Saving a Galapagos Penguin Family and The Little Blue Penguins of North Sidney Harbour, and The King Penguins of the Falkland Islands.  Proceeds from his books benefit the United States National Aviary, the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Sydney Australia, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Mentors have worked with Gavin (online from around the world) to oversee the scientific and cultural accuracy of his children’s books.
  • Jaylee Duncan, also in elementary school, partnered with the Marine Mammal Center to write Angie’s Tale: What Happened to Her Flipper?­ which tells the story of a heroic rescue of a sea lion, her amputation, and the concern of a community to set her back in the wild.
  • Kindergarten teacher’s Kelli Keriotis’ students each claimed a unique historical Crayola color, began with paper and crayon drawings and went on to create with the RGB computer codes with Google Drawings.  A Colorful Kindergarten illustrates their discoveries of color, its history and its expression.  Her second book, Newton’s Prism, featured students in classical portraits of Sir Isaac and the historical figures in the discovery of light and color. Her third book, How Colors Make Us Feel, Goethe’s Theory, explores this 18th century philosopher scientist’s color theory through kindergartner’s poetry and art.

Visit for a complete list of past projects.  Click on a book to order one!

Books are published through Lulu, a print-on-demand site. Authors make commercials, create products such as tee shirts, 3-D printed figurines of their original artwork, and learn to submit press releases and hold book signings.


Digital Storytellers create a website with video interviews, games, and animations to inform and inspire worthy work being done by non-profits, foundations, and amazing scientists around the globe (and in space!). Examples include:

  • Anthony and Christopher started the MG Kids.  They began three years ago by making videos and creating a website about molecular gastronomy called Lunch with Chemistry.  This past year they expanded their catalog with new episodes, and have started adding new members.
  • Miriam and Jadyn are the Kitty Whisperers with their own YouTube Channel and the goal of raising awareness about the crisis of feral and free roaming cats. The students premiered their documentary on the Colony Cat program in Washington County at the International Animal Ethics Law Conference at Duquesne University.
  • Music Educator Shundeena Beard developed her website UpBeat Animations and the tutorials on her site to help her students learn more about music theory as they animated their musical compositions. (Even teachers apply for research fellowships!)
  • Delana is now the CEO of Baden Dreams.  This website is in it’s 5th year of teaching fellows about entrepreneurship, e-commerce, and the profit margins of print on demand merchandise.  The team (involving a number of students) is mentored by area entrepreneurship programs such as Grove City Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation and Ascender Pittsburgh.
  • Our Sun Superheroes have recorded interviews with Heliosphere scientists from NASA.
  • Our Aquatic robotics visited with Geneva College and Platypus LLC for a training and demonstration of robotics boats on the Beaver River.
  • Hannah Kimmick, a Kindergarten teacher, has been experimenting with 3-D printed alphabets produced in different fonts to see if the variety of letter shapes affect students’ learning of sight words. The project required her to learn Tinkercad 3-D modeling and print a complete set of Times New Roman and Arial shaped letters on the school’s 3-D printers. “I couldn’t have done it without all the student Future Engineers help!” Mrs. Kimmick explains to her students. You can find out more about her amazing project at

STEM LEADERS serve as the business and communication leaders of Engineering, Robotics, Game Design, and App Development team competitions. FIRST Robotics, STEM Video Game Design Competitions, Hackathons such as the Space Apps Challenge or the Mylan Hackathon, and programs such as the Real World Design Challenge provide an opportunity to for students to develop leadership and STEM skills.  STEM Athletes are provided a mentor/coach for support and leadership training. Competition teams meet for the season and can be applied for as a group. Afterschool programs (programming, robotics, cyber security, game design) run for a school year.

  • The Baden Academy Nerd Battalion Leaders choose their curriculum each year and then recruit teachers to help! Last year focused on building piper computers.
  • Future Engineers leaders helped 17 students submit competition entries to the NASA Future Engineers competition, while also beginning work on a 3-D printed prosthetic charity project.
  • Future City led 6th grade competitors to the regional Pittsburgh Civil Engineering competition.
  • Origami club folded ornaments for sale, art installations, letter A’s for Mrs. Kimmick’s book on the Letter A and even a Baden Academy dragon!
  • Dragon Tag Programming club led students through over 700 lessons in coding, allowed a small group to publish several mobile apps, and again led our annual robot invasion.
  • BATV is our videography and photography afterschool club.
  • TED Ed Club helps students write, rehearse and perform a TED Talk for the global community.
  • Take Action is our service arm of Baden Academy using Tech Skills to promote social justice.
  • Chess club is, well, our chess club!


Research Fellows will meet weekly in small groups for discovery and collaboration. Fellowship projects must be completed and archived to present at the annual celebration. The first few sessions will include setting up a specific mission and the online files for correspondence. Fellows will have access to collaborative online tools, tutorial videos, and examples that enable them to work with a mentor to develop their idea or concept and set up a realistic timetable and steps needed to complete their project. Additional support is available during the week through email.


Baden Academy covers the cost of accepted fellows.  The process for selection includes review by the Grow a Generation team, the faculty and administration of the school, and an interview.  Individual meetings are recommended to create a winning proposal. Contact Dr. Ellen in the lab to schedule one (


The deadline for fellowship application packets is Wednesday, September 5, at 9 AM

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE (or stop in the front office or Media Lab)


Returning Fellows still need to submit an application and letter of commitment. They do not need a project proposal for a returning project.  They do not need a letter of recommendation.



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