Student Work
Work created by students in the Nine Mile Run educational program.

Project Summary

Event 1999: "Our Changing Earth"
Nation Science Day 1999: Banner created by the students in the NMR education regarding the brownfield and its implications.

Public Science Day 2000: The Science of Everyday Things

Education Modules and Reference Materials for Teachers: Urban Watersheds


Think Globally and Act Locally!
Education about Urban Ecology and Environment
Case Study:
Nine Mile Run

Nine Mile Run is a historic stream valley in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, identified by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. as an ideal site for a city park in 1910. Between 1920 and 1972 twenty stories of steel mill slag were dumped on the site by the steel industry. In 1996 the property was targeted for a new community and an extension of a major city park by the City of Pittsburgh.

Over the last two years, research fellows at the STUDIO for the Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with The Pittsburgh Children's Museum, have developed classroom activities that invite school children, their teachers and families to carry out investigations of brownfield* site opportunities. The Nine Mile Run site became a case study. We have worked with the Homewood Montessori School, Dickson Intermediate School and John Minadeo School. The students' homework and activities are documented on these web pages.

* Brownfields are post-industrial sites. They are the places that have been abandoned by steel and other industries. They are often best described in comparison to greenfields. Greenfields are undeveloped lands like fields and forests, which are often beyond the suburban edge. Redeveloping brownfields reinforces the function of cities and takes development pressure off forests and farms. There are many current and former brownfields properties in Pennsylvania.