STEM, ecosystems, and workforce development

Posted by Ruthie Muller on November 12, 2018

What is STEM? Yes, it’s a group of letters that could stand for science, technology, engineering, and math. Or, if you are a part of the STEM East Network, STEM stands for Strategies That Engage Minds. No matter your definition of STEM, we’re all on the same page: STEM skills, and the dispositions that come along with acquiring those skills, will project students into the future. After all, students are the future workforce, and if schools and business join together, the result can be the closure of the skills and interest gap.

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Topics: STEAM, WorkKeys, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Trends, Collaborations, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Workforce Development

Using inquiry-based learning in your elementary classroom – including coding education

Posted by Natalie Vanderbeck on November 10, 2018

Inquiry-based learning isn’t a new idea in education. While writing my master’s thesis, I studied science classrooms that utilized inquiry-based learning vs traditional teacher-led learning. To be certain we’re all on the same page, let’s define inquiry-based learning: “a student-centered approach where the instructor guides the students through questions posed, methods designed, and data interpreted by the students. Through inquiry, students actively discover information to support their investigations” (Edutopia).

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Topics: Elementary School, Hands-on Learning, Coding, Social and emotional learning, Technology, Collaborations, ROBOTICS, IN THE CLASSROOM, Inquiry-based Learning

Relaunching a favorite: The Straw Rocket Launcher gets an upgrade

Posted by Patty Cooke on November 01, 2018

If you read Anna Gudde’s recent blog post, “Cover to cover STEM!,” you know that our 2018-19 Elementary STEM catalog came out recently. And if you’ve browsed the pages of the catalog, you might’ve noticed an exciting change to one of our most popular products – the Straw Rocket Launcher.

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Topics: Physics, Hands-on Learning, Activities, Engineering, STEM, Collaborations, IN THE CLASSROOM

Solar Week activities: Bright ideas for your classroom

Posted by Preston Frazier on October 22, 2018

This week (October 22-26) is celebrated as Solar Week, focusing on the Sun and how it relates to Earth. This event is a little unusual because it takes place two times a year (March and October), and both are awesome opportunities to teach lessons with real-world applications and hands-on activities. And it just so happens Pitsco has a lot of experience with both of these.

So let’s take a look at fun facts about the Sun, how it relates to Earth, and fun hands-on, minds-on activities you can do for any Solar Week!

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Topics: Math, Hands-on Learning, Future Ready, Activities, STEM, Science, Technology, Collaborations, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM

Inspiration for every day of Earth Science Week

Posted by Melissa Karsten on October 12, 2018

Earth Science Week 2018 is almost here (Oct. 14-20), so get your art supplies out and express yourself, which is the emphasis of this year’s theme – Earth as Inspiration (Earth Science Week). The week is a sum of its days, and the Earth Science Week organization has a focus for each of those days.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Activities, Careers, Resources, STEM, Science, Collaborations, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM