Blog Posts

Force of Attraction: How magnets attract and repel

Posted by Crista Cunningham on February 11, 2022

We’ve all heard the term opposites attract. While this can be true of your valentine, we’ll just stick to a topic we can all agree on: SCIENCE!

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Art

Making spirits bright with the science of Christmas lights

Posted by Molly Underwood on December 20, 2021

My favorite part in the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is when Clark Griswold’s 250 strands of lights on his house finally turn on. If you haven’t seen Christmas Vacation, Clark decorates his entire house – and I mean the ENTIRE house – with Christmas lights. He brings out his whole family to see the lights all turn on at once. But, as he brings the two power cords together to turn it on, nothing happens. Later, after his wife flips the correct switch, all the lights flicker on, lighting up basically the whole city. A Christmas miracle!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Art

Philadelphia’s Urban Youth Racing School helps students Build A Dream

Posted by Cody White on November 11, 2021

Since its founding in 1998, the Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) in Philadelphia has earned a fair amount of publicity for the spectacular opportunities it offers to inner-city students. Sneak a peek during the school’s Build A Dream summer program, and you are likely to see students learning about engines, designing cars, and racing go-karts as part of a simulated racing team.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Science, STEM, Dragsters, Engineering, Careers, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art

Let’s N-O-V8 – it’s National STEM/STEAM Day!

Posted by Corinne Pachl on November 08, 2021

It’s the greatest time of year! And no, I’m not talking about that kind of wintery holiday season. It’s National STEM/STEAM Day on November 8, a day dedicated specifically to the love of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. As I said, the greatest time of year, especially for us at Pitsco!

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ROBOTICS, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate, Inquiry-based Learning, Art

Art and technology – the perfect pair for corn mazes

Posted by Molly Underwood on October 15, 2021

If you’re like me, this is one of your favorite times of the year. 🎃🥣🏈🍂

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Technology, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Art