Student Activities

Below are some of the activities that are available to SciTech students.

Student Opportunity Grade Contact Person Description
African American History Bowl- High School 9-12 Mr. Hofer

African American challenge bowl is a trivia contest on African American History sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania. Students from all Pittsburgh Public Schools with 9-12 compete.
African American History Bowl- Middle School 6-8 Ms. Moore

African American challenge bowl is a trivia contest on African American History sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania. Students from all Pittsburgh Public Schools with 6-8 compete.
Battle of the Books- Middle School 6-8 & 9-12 Ms. Moore

Battle of the books is a reading competition for grades 6, 7-8, and high school.   Student form teams of 4-6 and read a list of books. They then compete in a trivia contest at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Data Jam 9-12 Ms. Obritz

A data analysis competition team.
First Legos League 6-8 Mr. Howells


Ms. Navaroli

Students must already know or be willing to learn how to program in EV3. Afterschool practice schedule will also be announced. Students must be able to commit to 3 Saturday dates: 1 educational scrimmage, 1 competitive scrimmage and the championship. Season has begun and will end mid January. Limited to 10 students competing on the team.
Gender Sexuality Alliance 9-12 Ms. Simpson

The GSA is a safe space for discussing issues in the LGBTQIA+ community at Sci-Tech, Pittsburgh, and the United States as a whole. We plan events at the school and plan to participate in LGBTQIA+ events for youth in Pittsburgh, and march in the Pride parade with Pittsburgh Public Schools in June!
Girls Who Code 6-8 Mr. Bland
Come and learn to code.  All grade levels welcome!  HS Activity will be opening this year.  The goal of this group is to create an app and compete in the Technovation competition in New York/California.
High School Athletics 9-12 Mr. Shevitz

Fall – Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, Golf

Winter – Swimming, Wrestling, Basketball, Indoor Track

Spring – Baseball, Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys Volleyball, Track


Interact Club 9-12 Ms. Lazzaro

Students are welcome to join Interact Club at any time during the year.  During activity period, we plan and organize community service activities that typically occur after-school or on Saturdays.  On average, Interact Club participates in one volunteer activity per month.
Junior Class Council 11 Ms. Hoffman
Students who participate in Junior Class Council are responsible for organizing and executing fundraising events that will fund senior prom and other senior events and costs. Students will also design their senior gear and support the Senior Class Council in organizing spirit assemblies
Junior National Society for Black Engineers (Junior NSBE) 6-8 Mr. Howells

Meet every other Monday starting in October.
Math League 9-12 Ms. Skoda
The math league is a competition team for high school students.  The team competes against other local high schools to correctly complete challenging math problems.  There are competitions once a month during the school day.  Interested students can see Ms. Skoda in room 251 for more information and a permission slip.  All are welcome to join!  We welcome students of all mathematical abilities who are interested in problem solving and challenging their mind.
Middle School Athletics 6-8 Mr. Shevitz

Fall – Flag Football, Volleyball, Cross Country

Winter – Swimming, Basketball

Spring – Soccer

Mock Trial 9-12 Ms. Miller

Students in grades 9-12 are able to try out for SciTech’s mock trial team, which runs from October through March. A team of twelve students take the roles of attorneys and witnesses, and compete in a “trial” against other regional teams. Students interested in the law, public speaking, debate-style activities, or acting can consider auditioning for a role. Practices and trials are held after school during the week and on occasional weekends.
National Honor Society 11-12 Ms. Obritz

A national honor society, students become eligible at the end of 10th grade.
National Junior Honor Society 6-8 Ms. Moore


Mr. Koxminski


Mr. Rose

National Junior Honors Society is the nation’s premier organization to recognize outstanding students in grades 7-9.   In order to be inducted students need to show outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenships.
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) 7-12 Mr. Rose

Students present their research (oral presentation) in science, mathematics, or engineering to a panel of judges.  The regional competition occurs in early February and the state competition occurs in mid-May (students that earn 1st place at regionals are invited to states).  Thousands of dollars in prize money and scholarships are awarded.
Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) 6-12 Mr. Rose

Students present their research (scientific poster) in science, mathematics, or engineering to a panel of judges.  The competition occurs in spring at Heinz Field downtown.  Each year thousands of dollars in prize money and scholarships are awarded.
SciTech Student Ambassadors 10-12 Ms. Theuret

Students represent SciTech at outreach and family events. A recommendation from a SciTech staff member is required.
Sea Perch 10-12 Dr. Kinchington
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
Senior Class Council 12 Ms. Marshall
Students who participate in Senior Class Council are responsible for organizing and executing monthly spirit assemblies, promoting leadership, organization, and public speaking skills. Further, students in SCC, have a hand in making important decisions about Prom.
Stand Together for Change – Changing the Stigma Against Mental Illness 9-12 Dr. Kinchington
Stand Together is a peer-to-peer initiative that inspires and equips youth to take action against stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. Allegheny County’s Office of Behavioral Health is engaging area middle and high school students throughout Allegheny County by providing anti-stigma training and service learning experiences. Students work to ‘stand together’ to increase education and awareness, increase social inclusion, and encourage adolescents to talk to an adult if they are concerned about their own or another student’s mental health.
Yearbook 6-12 Ms. Reiser

Design and publish the yearbook.  Great opportunity for journalists, photographers and layout design.


Activity Period

At SciTech there is a unique 4th period that is used for various activities. These activities range from enrichment to general hobbies and interests of students and support for students where they may be struggling. Every quarter the activities change. Outside organizations and parents often facilitate activities. If you are interested in facilitating an activity at SciTech please contact Mrs. Theuret at or 412-529-7652.



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