Hot days ideal for solar learning opportunities

Posted by Molly Proffitt on August 08, 2019

We’re still in the Dog Days of Summer (at least through August 11) and kids are soaking up the last bit of no-school freedoms in the heat and extra daylight. At some point in the summer, you might have uttered, “It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.” But is that actually a thing? And, did you know there’s a National Sidewalk Egg Frying Day? Really, there is. It’s on the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, which also celebrates STEM in its own right.

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

IF art and music, THEN creative thinkers AND more positive outcomes – PLUS 5 ways to integrate the arts

Posted by Ruthie Muller on July 01, 2019

Growing up, my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Rosson, gave me an assignment to design a hallway bulletin board, and part of that was to lead the class in an activity. That’s the day I decided to become a teacher because designing bulletin boards seemed to me to be the best job ever. Little did I know then that minimal time is spent designing bulletin boards as a teacher.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, Resources, Authentic Learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art

Your next STEM mentors: Senior citizens

Posted by Patty Cooke on August 22, 2018

National Senior Citizens Day was earlier this week (8/22/18). First designated as such in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the importance of senior citizens in our personal lives as well as in our communities (EMS Safety).

As we’ve all seen, senior citizens have a lot to offer, including time, patience, and love, and they are overwhelmingly willing to offer it up freely! At least one center has recognized the importance of senior citizens and the value they bring to children. Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, Washington, houses both an elderly care facility as well as a licensed child care center called the Intergenerational Learning Center. Here, young and old sit side by side, participating in music, art, and other activities. The nursing home residents serve as friends, mentors, and stand-in grandparents while the children, who see everything through eyes of wonder, provide laughter, joy, and boundless energy (Providence Health & Services).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Careers, Authentic Learning, Hands-on Learning

‘I’m ready for the next Expedition!’

Posted by Patty Cooke on June 18, 2018

Hands-on curriculum renews passion for learning in teachers and students

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning, STEM Units

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