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

Chicago STEM’s unlikely hero

Posted by Cody White on February 05, 2021

An English teacher hits the pavement to bring STEM to Chicago neighborhood kids

“It’s not my problem. It’s somebody else’s problem.”

We are all guilty at times of waiting for the experts, the officials, the duly sanctioned to tackle problems that are outside our wheelhouse. However, there are also moments when a great purpose inspires a great accomplishment from an unlikely source.

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Topics: High School, FUNDING, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Teacher Development, Professional Development, Hands-on Learning

Making a difference through mentoring

Posted by Preston Frazier on November 12, 2020

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin

A mentor is “someone who provides support and helps the mentee to review their situation through a process of reflection, questions, signposting, challenge, advice and feedback” (National Mentoring Day).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Culture, FIRST Tech Challenge, STEM, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Making STEM connections using project-based learning

Posted by Aubrey Vance on October 08, 2020

Have you heard the buzz about project-based learning (PBL)? The educational community has been talking about it for a while, but what’s the big deal anyway? How is PBL different from other projects students complete in class? An easy and often-used way of understanding the difference between doing projects and PBL is to think of it in terms of food.

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Topics: Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, STEM Expeditions, Teacher Development, STEM Units, Professional Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Nurturing the parent-teacher relationship

Posted by Patty Cooke on July 27, 2020

July 26 is National Parents’ Day. This US day of tribute to parents has fallen on the fourth Sunday in July since 1994, when congress passed “The Parents’ Day Resolution” (National Parents’ Day). 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Teacher Development, Workforce Development