Melissa Karsten

Melissa Karsten
Anyone that knows me well knows I love to ask questions and get excited about learning. So, it’s been awesome throughout the last 13+ years with Pitsco to have so many opportunities to ask educators questions online and in their classrooms and learn from them. But, I have to say, my favorite part is witnessing the students’ “aha!” moments using the hands-on approach. Being a crafter – I’d love to be on "Flea Market Flip!" – I can relate. Now, if there were just a few more hours in the day for my digital projects, gardening, beekeeping, running, and what I call puppy time!

Recent Posts

Batteries: Exploring stored energy

Posted by Melissa Karsten on February 23, 2021

National Battery Day is recognized annually on February 18 – yes, it’s really a thing – which made us consider what science, tips, and activities we could share with you.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Inquiry-based Learning

Hands-on activities that will get your kids excited about Thanksgiving!

Posted by Melissa Karsten on November 25, 2020

Adding a seasonal theme to an activity can change your students’ perspective. All of a sudden, it doesn’t seem like an assignment to them anymore. Now, if you just had a list of activities to work with in time for Thanksgiving! Let’s see what we can do.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Fantastic fall pumpkin activities

Posted by Melissa Karsten on October 28, 2020

Fall is in the air, which can mean more indoor time for kids. What a great time for pumpkin activities! We grow pumpkins on our farm and I love fresh pumpkin pies! But, until I started digging online, I had no idea there were so many engaging and fun opportunities using pumpkins to teach STEM virtually anywhere. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Trends, Activities, Hands-on Learning

A waxy painting project for your classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on August 10, 2020

Not too long ago, we shared “The science of pour painting” blog post, which introduced a fun way to paint and make STEM connections while exploring you and your students’ creative side. Some kids are naturally drawn to artistic outlets such as drawing, painting, or sculpting, but anyone can learn from attempting to communicate artistically. Learning creative processes and understanding materials can give new meaning to the way you see things in the world. So, let us share another great art process for you to try out.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

The scoop on ice cream STEM activities

Posted by Melissa Karsten on June 16, 2020

Ice cream is always a big hit in the summertime (and usually year round too if we’re being honest 😉). I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say they don’t like ice cream. I know there are some who can’t eat it because of allergies or other dietary restrictions, but, as for just not liking it, while I’m sure there are some people out there that don’t, I’d think they must be pretty rare.

And there are so many ice cream options to choose from! Personally, I grew up with the smooth creaminess of Dairy Queen ice cream, but I won’t turn down any other offerings!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Science, STEM, Trends, Activities, Hands-on Learning