K-12 student contest: Design a holly, jolly, and creative card!

Posted by Melissa Karsten on November 15, 2018

Last year was the first time Pitsco had a student design our holiday greeting that was sent to thousands of people, and we loved it so much that we decided to do it again this year.

Besides bragging rights, the winning student will be sent a $50 Walmart gift card, and a $100 Pitsco store credit will go to the teacher who submits the winning artwork. 

2017 Winning Design

The Contest Is Simple

There’s NO entry fee. It’s open to all students K-12, but entries should be submitted by a teacher or administrator. Yes, homeschool educators count.

  1. Download the template.
  2. Have your students design their 7" x 5" (horizontal) card.
  3. Submit.

Submissions will be accepted by digital upload, mail, or hand delivery.

We have everything explained in detail at Pitsco.com/CardContest with links to download your template and submit your students’ designs. All entries will be digitally showcased online. 

The winning design will be chosen by a panel of judges at Pitsco Education. Besides mailing our cards nationally, we also send an email version to thousands of our contacts and share it on social media.

Need a little inspiration? Take a look at the 2017 entries.

Don’t delay in starting this project! Entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2018, or digitally or hand delivered by December 3, 2018. We’ll announce the winner mid-December on social media and at Pitsco.com/CardContest.

We can’t wait to see what your students create!

CONTEST DETAILS

 

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Topics: Art, STEAM, Activities, Contest, STEM, Culture, Giveaways, IN THE CLASSROOM

STEM, ecosystems, and workforce development

Posted by Ruthie Muller on November 12, 2018

What is STEM? Yes, it’s a group of letters that could stand for science, technology, engineering, and math. Or, if you are a part of the STEM East Network, STEM stands for Strategies That Engage Minds. No matter your definition of STEM, we’re all on the same page: STEM skills, and the dispositions that come along with acquiring those skills, will project students into the future. After all, students are the future workforce, and if schools and business join together, the result can be the closure of the skills and interest gap.

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Topics: STEAM, WorkKeys, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Trends, Collaborations, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Workforce Development

Using inquiry-based learning in your elementary classroom – including coding education

Posted by Natalie Vanderbeck on November 10, 2018

Inquiry-based learning isn’t a new idea in education. While writing my master’s thesis, I studied science classrooms that utilized inquiry-based learning vs traditional teacher-led learning. To be certain we’re all on the same page, let’s define inquiry-based learning: “a student-centered approach where the instructor guides the students through questions posed, methods designed, and data interpreted by the students. Through inquiry, students actively discover information to support their investigations” (Edutopia).

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Topics: Elementary School, Hands-on Learning, Coding, Social and emotional learning, Technology, Collaborations, ROBOTICS, IN THE CLASSROOM, Inquiry-based Learning

STEM/STEAM inspires students to NOV8 (Innovate)

Posted by Jessica Born on November 08, 2018

It’s a bit hazy and, arguably, debatable as to when STEM actually became a “thing.” Some will contend it’s been around since the race for space was initiated in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Others will say it‘s been present since the 1970s/1980s when huge technological advances were occurring (i.e. the Macintosh and first cell phone). Still others will proffer it was the 1990s when education councils were setting curriculum standards with more emphasis for science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Topics: STEAM, STEM, Hands-on Learning, Activities, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, innovate

Relaunching a favorite: The Straw Rocket Launcher gets an upgrade

Posted by Patty Cooke on November 01, 2018

If you read Anna Gudde’s recent blog post, “Cover to cover STEM!,” you know that our 2018-19 Elementary STEM catalog came out recently. And if you’ve browsed the pages of the catalog, you might’ve noticed an exciting change to one of our most popular products – the Straw Rocket Launcher.

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Topics: Physics, Hands-on Learning, Activities, Engineering, STEM, Collaborations, IN THE CLASSROOM