How STEM education shapes us: Pitsco taught me this . . .

Posted by Deidre Galloway on July 11, 2020

As back-to-school time creeps into our calendars and minds, it has us reflecting a bit, especially in this time of uncertainty, newness, flexibility, and innovation. We are approaching 50 years in business and we’ve seen a lot of trends come and go in the education space. The constant though, and the heart of if all, remains the same: educators and students.

Pitsco was created with the guiding principle of fast, friendly service for teachers by manufacturing innovative kits for teachers. Since joining the Pitsco family as a professional, I’ve been thinking about how Pitsco products and STEM-focused education impacted me.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, STEM, TSA, Careers, Authentic Learning, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, Women in STEM

School’s out for summertime fun

Posted by Aubrey Vance on June 09, 2020

What do you do in the summertime? After the last few months of doing virtual/online schooling, your answer might be, “anything but schoolwork!” and I would wholeheartedly agree! But, there’s a lot of real-world learning that can happen in the summer — natural conversations to spur kids’ curiosity — with activities that you’re already planning!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Wanted: Creativity and innovation

Posted by Preston Frazier on May 08, 2020

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
– Albert Einstein

This quote is attributed to famous scientist Albert Einstein is one of my favorite quotes ever. I believe it’s one of my favorites because it’s so true and rings so loud during our current situation. I think we would all agree with that.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Workforce Development, Inquiry-based Learning

Not magic, but science: How to fool your friends this April Fool’s Day

Posted by Jessica Born on April 01, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following experiments are not original ideas. The specific projects we’ve shared are adapted from Boys’ Life, Life Over C’s, Steve Spangler Science, ThoughtCo., and Wonderopolis. We encourage you to give their sites some exploration for more STEMspiration and ideas for learning at home. 

April Fool’s Day — it’s a holiday you either love or love to ignore. 

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Makerspace, Science, STEM, Resources, Authentic Learning, Activities, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Physics, innovate, Art

STEM weather lessons for home or the classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on March 23, 2020

There are so many aspects of weather, which makes it a great STEM topic with lessons for every age. And who doesn’t benefit from understanding weather better? It’s around us every day!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning, STEM Units, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art