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STEM Coding Lab History & Founders

STEM Coding Lab was started by the Penninti family in 2017. Viv Penninti came to Pittsburgh from India in 1980 to get his master’s in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He subsequently got his MBA from CMU and landed his first job at MSA, a local (Pittsburgh) data analytics firm. Thus was born his love for the city of Pittsburgh and his adopted country which welcomed him with open arms and provided opportunities to succeed based on merit and hard work. Viv went on to become the Chief Executive Officer at MSA, iGate, and other companies, and started several companies himself, mostly in the fields of information technology and data analytics.

Viv believes that digital literacy is key to the success of our children. His local experience, though, indicated a major “digital divide” in society where a large number of the less fortunate children simply did not have access to the resources needed to succeed. Thus was born STEM Coding Lab – an organization focused on providing computer education to underserved children. This has been Viv’s way to contribute and payback to the community that welcomed him and nurtured him for the past 30+ years. A devoted husband & father and beloved by his employees, family, and friends, STEM Coding Lab is thankful for his generosity and leadership.

The work of STEM Coding Lab is designed to activate the next generation of digitally literate professionals. Working in both in-school and after-school settings, we strive to expose students learning in underfunded communities to computer science lessons that will prepare them for the 21st Century.

Mission: To provide under-resourced children with the computer skills needed to succeed in the digital economy.

Vision:A world where all children have the same opportunity to succeed, regardless of income level.

Our Relevance

Our commitment to our mission is rooted in a few simple facts.

Pennsylvania’s Future Job Market:


In Pennsylvania, there are 18,000+ unfilled computer science jobs with an average salary of $80,000 and an annual projected growth up to:

26 %

In Pennsylvania, between 2017-2027, estimated growth of computer science jobs:

10 %

The percentage of new jobs in Pennsylvania that will require computer science skills:

71 %

Average salary of computing jobs in Pennsylvania:

Casey Mindlin
Casey Mindlin
Executive Director
Kathleen Conlogue
Kathleen Conlogue
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Hivner
Jason Hivner
Program Director
Tara Abbott
Tara Abbott
Chief Appreciation Officer
Naomi Odusanya
Naomi Odusanya
PULSE Fellow/Program Manager
Kristine Spitznagel
Kristine Spitznagel
Manager of Volunteerism & Community Engagement
Venetia Khouri
Venetia Khouri
Program Instructor

To date, we have worked with many schools & nonprofits, including:

  • Pittsburgh Public School District
  • Propel Schools (Northside)
  • Environmental Charter School
  • The Latino Community Center
  • H.O.P.E. for Tomorrow
  • Project Destiny
  • Remake Learning
  • Bible Center Church – Makers Clubhouse
  • Sto-Rox School District
  • Brashear Association
  • Center That CARES
  • Northgate School District
  • Propel Schools (Braddock Hills)
  • Greater Valley Community Services, Inc.
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF)
  • Education Partnership
  • Langley K-8 (PPSD)
  • The Bus Stops Here Foundation
  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh
  • WQED
  • Pittsburgh Technology Council/Fortyx80
  • Citiparks
  • Commonwealth Charter Academy
  • Homewood-Brushton YMCA
  • Jasmine Nyree Campus
  • Pittsburgh King PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Faison K-5
  • Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5
Jerome Bettis
The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation

The Jerome Bettis, Bus Stops Here Foundation is proud to partner with STEM Coding Lab on our stem education program, Innovation Huddle. The curriculum they’ve developed will ensure that students in the Pittsburgh region will receive the skills they need to thrive in a technology driven world. We are grateful for their expertise, creativity, and thoughtfulness that goes into each and every lesson plan. We know with the STEM Coding Lab as our partner, we will continue to grow our program and reach more students in our community.

Josh Whiteside
The Education Partnership
Executive Director

Working with Kathleen and Jason at STEM Coding Lab has always been both a pleasurable and beneficial experience. We have been able to partner and share resources collaboratively to make sure that students and teachers in the region not only have the equipment necessary for a 21st century education, but also the knowledge of how to effectively use those tools. I look forward to seeing STEM Coding Lab’s programs and presence grow in the region for the benefit of local youth.

Brad Ankney
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3

Stem Coding Lab is an asset to our city and a leader in providing access to and advocating for quality Computer Science/Coding to our community and beyond. I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Kathleen and Jason for several well-organized community Hour of Code events. We have had an incredible time educating community members, sharing resources and meeting new people through coding. On a more local level Stem Coding Lab secured a One Northside Grant, to provide Northside residents with a top notch and well-attended Hour of Code at CoLab 18 in Nova Place, another great community resource.

On a more personal level, volunteering with Stem Coding Lab has been very motivating to me professionally and continues to inspire me to grow professionally.

Tylor Hart
Out-of-School Time Partnerships, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Project Specialist

The Out-of-School Time (OST) Team at Pittsburgh Public Schools began partnering with STEM Coding Lab during the 2017-2018 school year. From our early talks to the programming that they currently run, they have been committed to providing high-quality OST programming to our students and always collaborate responsively with our schools and District offices.

Thank you to the generous funders and sponsors who make our work possible!

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