Blog Posts

Are you Kitting me?!

Posted by Preston Frazier on November 24, 2021

Let’s be clear. I’m the proud father of a four-year-old daughter, who will be jumping into kindergarten very soon. When I mean soon, I mean like next year soon.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills

Best ways to thank a teacher

Posted by Admin on November 23, 2021

We have a long-standing tradition here in the United States (and perhaps worldwide) of giving our teachers thank-you gifts. And it is certainly fitting. Teachers spend an enormous amount of time instructing and molding our students, not to mention taking care of their social and emotional well-being, tying their shoes, wiping their noses, providing necessary supplies, and so much more! If anyone deserves a thank-you, it’s teachers!

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION

Philadelphia’s Urban Youth Racing School helps students Build A Dream

Posted by Admin on November 11, 2021

Since its founding in 1998, the Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) in Philadelphia has earned a fair amount of publicity for the spectacular opportunities it offers to inner-city students. Sneak a peek during the school’s Build A Dream summer program, and you are likely to see students learning about engines, designing cars, and racing go-karts as part of a simulated racing team.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Science, STEM, Dragsters, Engineering, Careers, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art

Pitsco, Crossland share a passion for education

Posted by Brandon Brill on October 20, 2021

A handful of weeks ago, on my way home from the office, I received a call from my 73-year-old neighbor. “So, you’re now getting into the construction business?” he somewhat jokingly asked. I started to explain the situation to him, and by the time I finished, he responded, “Well, that does make a lot of sense!” I hung up and went about my business and really hadn’t thought about the situation until I was in Philadelphia working a project with a STEM ecosystem.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, News, Collaborations, Engineering, Careers, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Turn lemons into a lemonade stand: Inspiring entrepreneurship

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2021

One of the first entrepreneurial experiences many children have is operating a lemonade stand. It’s where some of us learn about the 4Ps of marketing, how to work with money, or how to follow through with an idea. And, just maybe for some, we catch the bug for business. For others, it’s just one-time fun that results in stickiness and sunburns.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Trends, Resources, Careers, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development