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

Pitsco elementary solutions make learning fun again

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 15, 2018

I remember my childhood fondly, especially the early years. For the most part, my days were filled with games, including those I invented with my siblings and neighborhood friends (indoor hockey using ski poles and plastic doll plates, anyone?); explorations of the surrounding neighborhood; and tons of problem-solving. Whether it was figuring out how to create a go-kart out of bicycle parts or hammering out the rules for whatever we were playing, we were, in general, left alone to figure these things out on our own. My parents had never heard of social and emotional learning (SEL), but they nurtured it in us simply by letting us be kids.

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Topics: Elementary School, STEM, Missions, STEM Units, Social and emotional learning

Space stations, pizza, and STEM

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 08, 2018

Ever since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the world’s first satellite, on October 4, 1957, humankind has been on an upward trajectory, reaching farther and farther into space.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Missions

The RoboChair project: A labor of love

Posted by Patty Cooke on January 26, 2018

When Pitsco introduced TETRIX® MAX in 2008, we knew it would eventually expand and be used for more than its original purpose as a metal building system geared toward robust classroom education and robotics competitions.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, Coding

What can you do with your Title I funds?

Posted by Patty Cooke on January 11, 2018

Note: Based on a Network article by Pat Forbes

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Topics: Middle School, FUNDING, ROBOTICS, Resources, Careers

Make your makerspace work for you

Posted by Patty Cooke on October 19, 2017

You’ve acquired the funding for your makerspace. You’ve found a space, set the grade levels, and convinced your community of the benefits. What next?

Start Simple

Depending on your budget, you might not have a lot of funds for the big-ticket items in the beginning. Luckily, setting up a good makerspace doesn’t require large, expensive equipment. To begin, try filling your space with items you can buy in bulk, such as wheels, axles, wood blocks and pieces, straws, balloons, spools, and craft sticks. Students don’t need much to get their imagination going, and simple pieces such as these are a great way to start.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Makerspaces, STEM