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Alan Kirby

Alan Kirby
My adventures after graduating Pittsburg State University have included working for an avionics company, facilitating youth leadership in classrooms, and teaching math and biology at the middle school and high school levels. I’ve been a trusted adviser at Pitsco Education since 2012, visiting schools and meeting with educators to find solutions for improved scores and individual student success. I also instruct hands-on ceramic workshops for adults, teens, and troubled and/or mentally handicapped youth through a local art gallery. I’m always on the go and am an active ceramic artist, bladesmith, certified scuba diver, lifeguard, and Boy Scout leader and Brotherhood member in the Order of the Arrow. I was a contestant on Season 5 of Forged in Fire. And, to top it off, I love to fish!

Recent Posts

Explore IoT through Arduino

Posted by Alan Kirby on December 09, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a giant network of connected devices that collects and shares data from all over the world, and it’s changing the way we live, work, and study. There are nearly limitless options and opportunities for IoT-connected devices and industries incorporating IoT. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Science, Technology, Trends, Engineering, Coding, Hands-on Learning, innovate

Testing the waters with ocean education

Posted by Alan Kirby on June 08, 2018

Friday is World Oceans Day! It’s a day worth celebrating. Here’s why:

Oceans make up an astounding two-thirds of our planet. The blue water generates the oxygen we breathe, feeds us, regulates our climate, and so much more (World Oceans Day).

As such, everyone plays a role in the enjoyment, exploration, and protection of this environment. While zoos and aquariums are leading the charge to positively impact ocean health, destination coastal resorts are also beginning to use tourism as activism by empowering visitors to learn about the challenges faced by the beautiful environments that surround them. Even in our everyday lives, we can do more to be conscious of our habits and daily actions and really make a difference.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Careers, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready