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

Pitsco, your classroom certificate of authenticity

Posted by David Meador on February 05, 2018

We’ve all seen the signs on various retail outlets: “Authentic Mexican Food” or “Authentic (Insert Team Name) Sports Merchandise.” Perhaps youve purchased something online that came with a certificate of authenticity. No matter how you encounter the word authentic, you have an understanding that the item in question is the real thing.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, Collaborations, Missions, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning