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

Nurturing the parent-teacher relationship

Posted by Patty Cooke on July 27, 2020

July 26 is National Parents’ Day. This US day of tribute to parents has fallen on the fourth Sunday in July since 1994, when congress passed “The Parents’ Day Resolution” (National Parents’ Day). 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Teacher Development, Workforce Development

Yo-Yo physics: Practice the science that make yo-yos so much fun

Posted by Patty Cooke on June 13, 2020

When I was in fifth grade, I was almost in a yo-yo commercial. Looking back now, I wonder if knowing the physics behind yo-yoing would have helped me land that commercial. Who knows? Maybe I’d be a famous actress – or yo-yoer – by now.

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

Change brings opportunity, unexpected lessons

Posted by Patty Cooke on May 01, 2020

There’s an old saying that nothing is permanent except change. Over the past few months, we’ve all come to realize the truth of this. School, work, celebrations, livelihoods – lives – have been disrupted by this sudden change. And, while we might all agree that change is a part of life, that doesn’t take away the pain and confusion that abrupt, unexpected change can cause.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Pitsco Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) embraces hands-on learning

Posted by Patty Cooke on January 16, 2020

It’s 2020! New year, new goals, new opportunities. That might seem like the same ol’ song and dance, but not a chance. I’m really excited to be working more closely with our new Pitsco Teacher Advisory Group (TAG). We have begun engaging with this year’s TAG members, and I can already tell it’s going to be a great year with this group!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, Teacher Resources, Teacher Development, Hands-on Learning

Work ethic, motivation . . . and robotics contribute to success in competition, life

Posted by Patty Cooke on December 11, 2019

Heritage High School (Maryville, TN) students Caden Branch and Landon Davis took gold in the 2019 Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) competition at the SkillsUSA® national championships held this past summer in Louisville, Kentucky. The duo’s first-place finish continues a six-year streak of medaling for Heritage High School USAR teams since they began competing in 2014. So far, students have brought home two bronze, two silver, and two gold medals from the national competition.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, ROBOTICS, STEM, Social and emotional learning, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Contest