STEAM makes 'Oohs and Aahs' possible: using firework displays to learn STEAM

Posted by Melissa Karsten on July 02, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it takes to light up the sky on the Fourth of July? What makes a display spectacular? There are logistics, technology, and safety, plus the perfect playlist and, last but not least, the fireworks themselves. Sounds like a pretty good mash-up of STEAM in the real world. But it’s no wonder that most of us leave the BIG displays to the professionals.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Culture, Science, Technology, Resources, Engineering, STEAM

Interest in school garden programs is growing

Posted by Melissa Karsten on June 05, 2018

Gardening. When you hear that word, do you immediately think of a flower, an herb, or a vegetable garden? Or maybe you’re familiar with a sensory or hydroponic garden? There’s a relatively long list of types of gardens, which can be a great lesson, but this week is National Gardening Week and June is Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month, so lets focus on the traditional vegetable garden.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Science, STEM, Social and emotional learning, Activities, 21st Century Skills

Student garden expansion project – Highland Elementary

Posted by Cody White on April 23, 2018

A good education bears fruits in later life. But it can also bear fruits – not to mention vegetables and flowers – in the here and now.

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Topics: Elementary School, FUNDING, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Science, STEM, Trends, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready

A day in the life of a first-year robotics teacher

Posted by Preston Frazier on April 12, 2018

“We have this other position that we haven’t filled yet. It’s a technology class that incorporates programming and robotics and basically all of those things you have talked about. Is this something you might have interest in?” asked the superintendent. “Absolutely!” replied Joe. From this point on, I guess you can say the rest is history.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Coding, Activities, Future Ready

Amazing teams. Creative bots. Inspiring competition in Illinois.

Posted by Preston Frazier on March 16, 2018

As one of Pitsco’s educational consultants, I work with a region of the US and assist with varied educational initiatives for schools. But one of the best parts of our work is when we get to be in schools or at events, meeting with students, educators, mentors, and volunteers.

At the end of February, I had the privilege of going to my first FIRST® Tech Challenge state championship after receiving a gracious invitation from the affiliate partner for the state of Illinois.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, Technology, STEM