who we are:

Children's Innovation Project was Co-Founded by Jeremy Boyle and Melissa Butler. Jeremy and Melissa began working together in 2003 when Jeremy was a Resident Artist at the Mattress Factory. Since then, they have worked on numerous arts-integrated projects with children in Kindergarten through Grade 5. In 2010, Jeremy was hired as a Resident Artist in the CREATE Lab and he and Melissa began to develop the Children's Innovation Project through teaching and learning work in her Kindergarten classrooms at Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5 (Pittsburgh Public Schools).

Melissa Butler is a teacher, writer and educational consultant, with a focus on supporting educators to create spaces for all students to sustain their own rigorous curiosities. She taught for 23 years in urban public schools, most recently teaching Kindergarten at Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5 in Pittsburgh Public Schools. She directs Children’s Innovation Project and facilitates professional development for educators, schools and districts. She has a Masters Degree in Curriculum Theory from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. She is National Board Certified as an Early Childhood Generalist and a Teacher Consultant with the Western PA Writing Project/National Writing Project. She is Teacher-in-Residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) Lab. 

As an artist, musician and educator, Jeremy Boyle explores the intersections of technology and creativity. He is co-founder of Children’s Innovation Project, which has focused on children’s access to the thinking of technology through a focus on process based learning. Jeremy is a founding and current member of the Chicago group Joan of Arc, who has recently toured Europe, Japan and the US in support of their latest record on Joyful Noise Recordings. He has exhibited artwork, most of which is sound and technology based, in major cities across the US, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition with collaborator Mark Franchino at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY. He is currently faculty in the studio arts department at University of Pittsburgh.

Contact:
Melissa Butler, Co-Founder and Director (contact for professional development): butler.a.melissa@gmail.com    

Jeremy Boyle, Co-Founder (contact for Circuit Blocks): boyle.jer@gmail.com