Once upon a STEM story – Building STEM skills with fairy tales 

Posted by Jessica Born on February 26, 2021

Most of us love a story, kids and adults alike. A good story captures our imagination, makes us wonder or feel something, and might even teach us something. Fairy tales are an example of this kind of story. Typically, they are fanciful, have some type of conflict and resolution, and leave you with a takeaway or two.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Batteries: Exploring stored energy

Posted by Melissa Karsten on February 23, 2021

National Battery Day is recognized annually on February 18 – yes, it’s really a thing – which made us consider what science, tips, and activities we could share with you.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Inquiry-based Learning

Chocolate-covered learning: Seven STEM activities for kids

Posted by Jessica Born on February 13, 2021

“Americans consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year, or over 11 pounds per person” (Chocolate Store). That is a lot of chocolate. And, if I’m honest, I most certainly do my part to meet that statistic. I will pick chocolate over any other sweet flavor, bar none.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Culture, Science, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Black History Month STEM ideas

Posted by Molly Underwood on February 10, 2021

Coauthored by Lisa Lewis, gifted intellectual instructor at Lafayette Upper Elementary in Fredericksburg, VA, and Pitsco TAG member

As educators, we are the individuals who have a direct connection and responsibility to make STEM accessible to all students. We must be mindful to provide and empower all students with STEM opportunities. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Women in STEM

Sound experiments for students: Going analog with a tin can telephone

Posted by Deidre Galloway on January 19, 2021

January 19 is National Tin Can Day. Yep, there really is a day for everything it seems. So why recognize this one? Well, we can’t pass up the opportunity for some hands-on learning! Tin cans are celebrated for the advancements they brought to food preservation in the early 1800s. Outside of their primary purpose, I’m thinking about celebrating the science of the tin can telephones. The Guinness World Record for the longest functioning tin can telephone is 796 feet!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics, innovate