Behind the scenes: Science of parades

Posted by Paige Bowman on November 27, 2019

Festive. A spectacle. A procession of fun. One of the most exciting and most popular aspects of local and school homecoming and holidays is often the parade. The community gathers to see the marching bands, athletic teams, fire trucks and police cars, horses, and likely all different kinds of floats.

When you start looking beyond the local scene and to some of the most well-known parades, such as Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Rose Parade in Pasedena, or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the floats become massive pieces of incredible showmanship. In some cases, engineers start working on float designs more than a year in advance to prepare for parades!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Engineering, Careers, Activities

I was wondering . . . Big questions and big conversations: SEL Contest

Posted by Jessica Born on November 21, 2019

We’re all about preparing students for the world they will live in. Developing skills for school, work, and life through hands-on learning has been our core since Pitsco’s inception. For today’s learners, social and emotional learning, along with skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, play a crucial role in 21st-century education. We’re proud to support the I Was Wondering contest from Red T Media, an initiative that also shares in our mission to help young minds learn how to think, instead of just what to think.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Giveaways, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Contest

Helping finance your classroom

Posted by Katlie Brynds on October 21, 2019

Classroom funding is a hard topic. We know educators sacrifice and work diligently to creatively supply resources and opportunities for their students and initiatives. If you’re looking to fund a special project, stocking your STEM lab, or a hands-on classroom activity, it’s likely you’ve looked for grants. We are proud to award a $350 grant each month to assist with making hands-on learning possible!

Having trouble funding your STEM lab or hands-on classroom activities? The $350 Pitsco Grant is awarded in the form of a voucher that may be used to purchase hands-on STEM products, curriculum, and more on our website. Submit an application today!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, FUNDING, STEM, Resources, Coding, Grants

KUBO Coding+ enhances computer science camp

Posted by Patty Cooke on October 19, 2019

Ever since KUBO, the screen-free, plug-and-learn robot, debuted in US classrooms in 2018, elementary students across the nation have been introduced to the concepts of coding in an easy, hands-on way by simply piecing together the TagTiles® that contain the code necessary to make KUBO move. And now, more and more educators are discovering the breadth of learning possibilities through KUBO’s various resources.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Camps, Coding, 21st Century Skills

National Techies Day: Definitely a reason to celebrate

Posted by Preston Frazier on October 03, 2019

“Technology makes the world a new place.”
 – Shoshana Zuboff

Yes . . . we’re celebrating another holiday. This one might be a little obscure, but it’s worth recognizing. October 3 is National Techies Day. Per Merriam-Webster, a “techie is a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology.” One would naturally assume that National Techies Day is all about those who love smartphones, smart watches, smart homes, and anything else deemed smart. And that’s true to some degree, but there’s also another aspect of it that is even cooler than the latest tech – promoting technology-based careers to today’s learners and future workforce. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Technology, Careers, Coding, Professional Development, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills