Student Workshops – Leadership, Odyssey of the Mind, and The Invention Zone!

 Effective  Leadership … with Six Thinking Hats®

Contact Franny at or call/text 724-413-6001.

Six Hats in a row
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Learn powerful leadership and communication skills with SIX THINKING HATS®.  This effective communication tool teaches students to SEE AND FOCUS thinking using six strategies used in the corporate world to improve communication.  This energizing strategy revolutionizes communication and encourages the students to lead discussions and add detail to their speaking and writing.  The workshop will prepare students  to use leadership skills used around the world and become clearer, more effective thinkers and leaders. As they put on six colored hats, they learn to

  • think using six strategies
  • problem solve
  • make clear decisions
  • design quality questions
  • self assess
  • collaborate more effectively

During the workshop the students will collaborate to learn the Six Hats® process and apply it to relevant topics and their lives.

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Odyssey of the Mind


—Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator and Coach, Franny McAleer, shares her experiences so that you can immediately start your own Odyssey program!  Bring your children’s creativity to life and teach STEAM strategies in a collaborative, energizing setting.  Email or text 724-413-6001.

Odyssey of the Mind
is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. —Learn more at .

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  The Invention Zone! 

A STEAM Project:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math for Students 

Contact Franny at or call/text 724-413-6001.

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Jump in the SHARK TANK!

The invention process is exciting and opportunities to be inventive spark students’ natural curiosity and creativity.  Students and teachers might want to nurture inventive thinking or host an INVENTION CONVENTION in your classroom, school, region, state, and beyond.

This workshop is designed for students who would like to be inventors! Students are invited to experience the twelve step invention process.  At the end of the workshops, you will have the resources and know how to create an invention and test market it.

Ryan Landis at Invention ConventionIn fact. one former inventor, Ryan Landis,  just appeared on Shark Tank and is taking his third grade invention, the collapsible hanger or HangEase®,  to market with Mark Cuban.  So enter the Invention Zone and enjoy using your creativity to be an inventor.

HangEase® is a collapsible hanger that solves two problems. First, it makes it easier to get your clothes off the rack. And second, it makes it easier to hang your clothes. This saves time and money by eliminating stretched out shirt necks and broken hangers. Visit

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Books and Periodicals for Inventors

A STEAM Project in Pittsburgh, PA: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

Contact Franny at or call/text 724-413-6001.

A K-12 STEM education program enables young students to see the connection between building, making and doing. Students begin to see the concepts they are learning in classes such as math and science really come to life.

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“I think it’s really important to have an articulate K-12 STEM program, because it teaches kids to think through a complex problem and solve it,” said AET department head and teacher, Mr. Mark McAleer, Chartiers Valley School District, Pittsburgh, PA. “Not only is that beneficial in High School level STEM classes, but it’s incredibly useful in all aspects of life. We’re teaching students to be true problem solvers.”

For more information about the FETC Excellence in STEM Education award, visit:

Motivating Workshops

Student-Tested, Student-Centered, Energizing, Hands On, Research Based