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The Citizen Science Lab

1699 Washington Road2nd FloorPittsburgh, PA 15228
Phone: 814-830-3100 (South Hills)Website: Visit Website Google Map

The Citizen Science Lab (TCSL) is Pittsburgh’s first community life sciences laboratory where interactive learning and STEM enrichment fuel enthusiasm for all things' science. Our programming aims to increase our community's interest in STEM and access to real, hands-on STEM learning. At TCSL, students are encouraged to observe, analyze, and explore the life sciences. The heart of our mission is to create science literate communities through equal access to fun and engaging hands-on STEM experiences.

From our Laboratory, we reach students all around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and further! We offer a wide range of program and experience offerings including field trips, birthday parties, public programs, grant funded initiatives, summer camps, on-site and off-site programs. These programs cover a wide range of topics across the spectrum of STEM, from astronomy to engineering to microbiology to zoology. 

And here at the Lab, when we say "hands-on", we mean your hands! We don't do demonstrations for you or your child to watch, we make sure that everyone who walks through our doors gets to not just see science, but do it themselves! Every experiment is put into our participants' hands, from the preparation to the "wow" moments, so everyone can learn what it means to be a real scientist.

To do all of this, we are based out of a well-equipped Laboratory in the South Hills. Our equipment ranges from the simple (microscopes, incubators, and fume hoods) to the outstanding (electrophoresis equipment, thermal cyclers, 3D printers, and a genetic sequencer). On top of that, we have a highly trained staff with experience and education that cover a huge swath of the world of STEM, just waiting to share their passion with you.

With all of this at your disposal, just imagine what you can discover!


Business Review

1. "I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Samuel and the work he’s doing. How can kids envision what they want to be if they never see it? So, they are put in a position to experience not only STEM, but to see what a more comfortable kind of life is like so they can aspire to have that for themselves.”-Scarlet M. (grandmother of student)


2. A great place to learn and connect with other budding scientists. We have participated in many of their classes and a summer camp. We are never disappointed with the kindness of the teachers and the level of information given. It is a great learning resource in Pittsburgh.- Paz C. (parent)




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