Patty Cooke

Patty Cooke
Hello! I work as a communications assistant here at Pitsco, editing, writing, helping with publications, and working with other departments to help create awesome STEM materials and resources. I learned my love of storytelling from my dad, who constantly entertained me and my 11 siblings with the most fascinating, albeit fictional, stories. His tales kept us out of our mother’s hair for a while and probably saved her sanity. Our blog posts aren’t fictional, of course, but I still enjoy infusing the same amount of fun that Dad put into his stories. I hope reading these posts brings you equal enjoyment.

Recent Posts

Learning takes off with paper airplanes: Celebrating aviation, aerodynamics, and fun!

Posted by Patty Cooke on May 24, 2019

May is a month that we look and take to the the sky a lot – many space and aviation holidays are on the calendar, including National Paper Airplane Day on May 26. Not to mention, the end of this month brings the unofficial start of summer with vacation season taking off at airports across the lands. It seems only appropriate that we celebrate with some "plane" hands-on, minds-on fun.

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Hands-on coding experiences help elementary students develop workforce-ready skills

Posted by Patty Cooke on April 30, 2019

Coding in elementary school? That used to be a radical thought. But in order to prepare students – our future workforce – we can't start soon enough. 

The Backstory 

Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030. The purpose of the 2018 report, and the goal of the OECD Education 2030 project, is to help schools around the world identify the skills students will need by 2030 and develop appropriate curricula to effectively instill those skills. Coding, robotics, and other employability skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, and computational thinking are among those at the top of the list.  

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ROBOTICS, STEM, Coding, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Coding in elementary: Tackling 21st-century needs begins with TagTiles®

Posted by Patty Cooke on March 25, 2019

Educators just make things happen. All of you use your resources, aren’t afraid of new things, and love nothing more than new ways to get students thinking and doing. And it’s no secret we aim to put engaging products and solutions in the hands of eager educators who use them to empower students. This is the essence of our daily work.

So, when we had the opportunity to pilot KUBO, a plug-and-learn robot for elementary students, into nine classrooms across the US, we jumped at it!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, STEM, Coding, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning

For the love of popcorn: The science behind the pop

Posted by Patty Cooke on March 14, 2019

I love popcorn. Microwave, stove-top, movie theater, street- and store-bought popcorn. I love it all. And I’m not keen on sharing my popcorn with others either. I’ll buy – or pop – you your own bowl, bag, or bucket, but I want my popcorn all to myself. I’m a generous person, but hey, this is popcorn we’re talking about! So, when I heard there was a Popcorn Lover’s Day, I happily volunteered to research and write about this awesome snack food.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Resources, Physics

National Inventors’ Day: A day for creating

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 11, 2019

February 11 is National Inventors’ Day, a day to honor inventors of all kinds. But more than anything it’s a day to celebrate ingenuity. We’re surrounded by products, processes, and inventions that started as an idea – usually an attempt to solve a problem – and ended as something that makes our lives better in one way or another. National Inventors’ Day celebrates the creative genius in all of us.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, STEM, Future Ready, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, innovate