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Fun times are a comin’ – Spring and summer STEM solutions

Posted by Preston Frazier on March 25, 2021

“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”
– Gustav Mahler

Baseball.
Longer days.
Barbecues.
Walks in the park with my kids.
Vacations.

I’m sure you have some favorites of your own, but these are a few of my favorite things, and they seem to all happen to take place over the course of the next few months.  

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Celebrating Arduino Day: Open Makes Us Close

Posted by Jessica Born on March 24, 2021

Sweet 16! Arduino is turning 16 on Saturday, March 27 – it’s Arduino Day! As partners of Arduino Education, we couldn’t be more pumped to celebrate making technology accessible to everyone, including students and educators. (Plus, March is Pitsco’s birthday month too!)

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Science, Technology, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, innovate

Life as a #GirlDad: Empowering children in STEM

Posted by Preston Frazier on March 11, 2021

“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.”
– Brooke Hampton

For me, there is no better feeling than being a dad, especially a “girl dad.” As a dad to a soon-to-be-four-year-old daughter (whom I call my three-nager), my life can be summed up in four words:

Interesting, yet very rewarding.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Women in STEM

Once upon a STEM story – Building STEM skills with fairy tales 

Posted by Jessica Born on February 26, 2021

Most of us love a story, kids and adults alike. A good story captures our imagination, makes us wonder or feel something, and might even teach us something. Fairy tales are an example of this kind of story. Typically, they are fanciful, have some type of conflict and resolution, and leave you with a takeaway or two.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

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