Inside Pitsco: Women in STEM

Posted by Jessica Born on March 07, 2019

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). “IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity” (IWD). It’s been celebrated since 1911, and we’re excited to share a special take on IWD here on the blog. We’re shining the spotlight on the women working at Pitsco who help make #handsonmindson happen.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Trends, Careers, Women in STEM

STEM, ecosystems, and workforce development

Posted by Ruthie Muller on November 12, 2018

What is STEM? Yes, it’s a group of letters that could stand for science, technology, engineering, and math. Or, if you are a part of the STEM East Network, STEM stands for Strategies That Engage Minds. No matter your definition of STEM, we’re all on the same page: STEM skills, and the dispositions that come along with acquiring those skills, will project students into the future. After all, students are the future workforce, and if schools and business join together, the result can be the closure of the skills and interest gap.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Trends, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, WorkKeys, STEAM, Workforce Development

If we want to teach our kids technology, it has to be like this . . . .

Posted by Jessica Born on June 13, 2018

Few elementary school teachers are engineers.

Few engineers are elementary school teachers.

And that’s where instructional technology breaks down.

There’s no end to the tech that teachers can integrate in their classrooms, from smart boards to tablets to one-to-one device initiatives to robots and beyond.

As a result, some classrooms are flipping, letting students watch video lectures at home and do the actual exercises in the classroom where teachers and classmates can help. Textbooks come alive on tablets through video and interactive graphics. Students familiarize themselves with applications and devices they’ll use throughout their education and in the workplace.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, ROBOTICS, Technology, Coding, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills

Making the switch to Expeditions

Posted by Tom Farmer on March 26, 2018

PLACENTIA, CA – Doubt. Skepticism. Uncertainty. Complacency. Fear of the unknown. . . . All can be excuses for not changing curriculum.

And all can be barriers to progress.

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) administrators and teachers did their homework when researching new middle-level career-discovery labs and found multiple reasons to make a switch following their decade-long successful run with Pitsco Education’s Modules program: Challenge. Belief. Opportunity. Careers. Discovery. Trust. Future.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, STEM, Careers, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning

TAG, you’re it! Apply now for our Teacher Advisory Group

Posted by Admin on October 17, 2017

Are you passionate about hands-on education? Are you interested in getting your hands on the latest robotics technology before it even hits the market? Do you like the idea of using your classroom expertise to shape products that will be used by educators around the globe? Are you active with colleagues, peers, and education organizations on Twitter or Facebook?

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Makerspaces, Collaborations