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Pennsylvania Department of Education: New Funding to Expand Hands-On Learning Opportunities for Pennsylvanians


Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced a new investment in Remake Learning Days, an annual family learning festival, to expand programming in 2024. Remake Learning Days in Pennsylvania will occur from May 2-22, 2024.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Education is proud to support Remake Learning Days in its mission to create engaging, hands-on learning and career exploration opportunities for people across the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “Through this initiative, learners of all ages have access to free and fun educational activities right in their backyard—helping them to learn more about the world around them and preparing them for future academic and career success.”

The $762,062 in new funding will enable Remake Learning to expand add a 7th statewide festival region in North Central PA; increase the number of hands-on learning event opportunities for families across Pennsylvania; increase participant access to robust and diverse career exploration activities; create Youth, Parent, and Teacher Ambassador programs in all seven regions; and expand resources in agriculture, parks & recreation, businesses, arts, and libraries.

“Our partnership with the PA Department of Education will help to catalyze an expansion of our Remake Learning Days festivals into the entirety of Pennsylvania, giving us the opportunity to reach new learners with hands-on experiences, especially learning opportunities which exist outside the classroom,” said Tyler Samstag, Director of Remake Learning. “Students of all ages will be able to explore potential career options and gain valuable skills through individual and group learning.”

Remake Learning Days celebrates the many learning opportunities in a community with innovative experiences and opportunities for youth to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance, and curiosity. Schools, museums, libraries, after school organizations, early child care centers, universities, media centers, tech startups and others host events for families to learn together. Events are designed to be hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth and their families and caregivers. Most events are free and open to kids of all ages. 

"Remake Learning Days is grateful to PDE for its groundbreaking support in helping students and families access hands-on learning opportunities,” said Yu-Ling Cheng, co-producer of Remake Learning Days. “By providing innovative ways for kids to learn about various careers and have hands-on learning experiences that introduce career-ready skills, our regional events help kids spark new interests and unlock future opportunities that they may never have known about otherwise.”

Since its implementation in southwest Pennsylvania, Remake Learning Days has become one of the world’s largest open houses of family-friendly learning activities. Since 2016, the festival has hosted more than 5,100 events throughout the world for pre-K through high-school learners at libraries, schools, tech centers, museums, play spaces, community centers, and more, reaching more than 225,000 families.

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