Pittsburgh Learning Commons aims to support a wide-range of programs for learners of all ages, 8-80, in gaining skills and knowledge across science, technology, arts, and civics.

Afterschool Series

We will be running regular afterschool series in the spring and fall semesters. We are starting with a pilot program that will be foundational in shaping future learning opportunities.

Date(s): 4/10/2018 - 5/31/2018
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5pm (drop off starts 2:30; optional dinner and games 5-6p)
Location: Community Forge at the old Johnston Elementary School
1256 Franklin Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended payment of $40-$80)
Age: 3rd-8th grade

In this program, participants will build skills for consensus, planning, and leadership, participate in STEAM activities, and have access to homework help. We partner with Queen’s Gambit, Spirit Fingers, and Wilkinsburg Youth Project to provide opportunities including computer activities, science experiments, art, chess, and cheer by highly-trained staff.

At Pittsburgh Learning Commons, we support student-directed learning, so this initial group of students will be key in developing the nature of the afterschool space and future PLC programing. Participants should be prepared for open discussion of topics, participation in collaborative activities, trying new activities, and being part of a community of learners.

To apply to this program please email us at or at our building.

Summer Camps

We are offering a series of STEAM summer camps in July and August 2018! Email us as to enroll. And check back for updates on more camps.

Civic Making
Description: Youth will work on engineering projects that link to civic issues, such as the chemistry of lead in water, gaining basic physics concepts along the way.
Dates: July 23-27, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $100 (scholarships available)
Age: 6th-9th grade

Physics and Performance
Description: Youth will learn force, motion, and sound concepts through theater and dance-integrated activities, culminating in a final STEAM-infused performance.
Dates: August 6-10, 2018
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $50 (scholarships available)
Age: 3rd-6th grade

Sport Science
Description: Youth will operate sensors and exploit data analytics to explore the fundamentals of sports mechanics.
Dates: August 6-10, 2018
Time: 12pm-4pm
Cost: $50 (scholarships available)
Age: 3rd-6th grade


The PLC Youth Development Project is a workshop series dedicated to equipping youth participants with tools necessary to effectively navigate high school, social setting and the work environments. The project provides among other things:
- academic support
- tutoring in math and writing
- boxing and physical fitness
- conversations on current affairs and social issues
- public speaking and interviewing skills
- movie nights and visits to cultural centers
- technology and science activities
The project aims to build confidence, instill discipline, stir social responsibility and to ensure that students are culturally engaged and aware. Workshops will begin June 2nd, 2018. Check back for details.