Why should I attend?

Join Catalyst Connection and The Consortium for Public Education for a professional learning experience called Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy! During this unique experience you will learn how the manufacturing industry is using emerging Industry 4.0 technologies to revolutionize the way they manufacture, improve and distribute their products. After attending this experience you will know how you can take the knowledge you gained back into your classroom to expose today’s learners of these high-demand and high-paying career pathways. 

What to expect during the experience:

  • Learn about a variety of emerging technologies and create a plan of action for taking the knowledge into your classroom and district.
  • Join a peer network community of fellow educators for collaboration opportunities both short-term and long-term.
  • Network with resource providers, partner organizations, and manufacturing industry representatives.

Attend the academy with another teacher from your district to cross collaborate (this is not a requirement, but we highly recommend!). 


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy – Intro to Additive Manufacturing Workshop
    Location: Pittsburgh Technical College
    Date/Time: February 27th, 2024; 8:00am – 3:00pm
    Register now
  • Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy – Advanced Additive Manufacturing Workshop
    Already know a little bit about additive manufacturing, but want to learn more advanced skills? Then this is the workshop for you!
    Location: Pittsburgh Technical College
    Date/Time: March 20th, 2024; 8:00am – 3:00pm
    Register now

Past Professional Development Opportunities 

Summer 2023 Industry 4.0 Academy (3-Day Experience)

Read about the 3-day Summer 2023 Academy Cohort in this blog.

  • Day 1 – August 1st, 2023; 8:00am – 3:00pm 
    @ Mill 19
  • Day 2 – August 8th, 2023; 8:00am – 3:00pm
    @ Robert Morris University 
  • Day 3 – August 15th, 2023; 8:00am – 3:00pm
    @ Digital Foundry

Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy General 1-Day Session

  • November 2nd, 2023; 8:00am – 3:00pm
    @ Pittsburgh Technical College

Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy Hands-On Robotics Session

  • December 7th, 2023; 8:00am – 3:00pm
    @ BotsIQ Training Center

What is Industry 4.0?

Frequently Asked Questions

What subject area teachers should attend these trainings?

While technology education teachers may seem to have the best alignment, this training is beneficial for teachers from a wide array of subject areas! Including, but not limited to English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Business, etc. as Industry 4.0 is multifaceted.

I am a school administrator (ie: principal, curriculum coordinator, guidance counselor, etc.) am I able to attend?

Yes, of course! We would just encourage you to bring a teacher with you from your district.

How will I know if I am selected for this training?

The training is first come first serve. We only have 30 spots available. We will notify once registration has been received.

Is lunch provided?

Yes, lunch will be provided at each training day.

Will I be reimbursed for mileage?

No, the teacher stipend can be utilized for that expense.

Is parking free at each location?

There are free parking options at each location. More details will be sent out regarding each location after registration.

I am not able to attend these dates, but will this be offered again?

It is our intent to offer it again. This is dependent on funding and teacher feedback from this first cohort. If you would like to be on a waiting list for a future offering please contact Hannah. hkusenko@catalystconnection.org

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