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International Dot Day: Exploring STEM through Creativity

Posted by Kate Radell on September 11, 2023

September 15, the National Day of Double Cheeseburgers, Doodling, and DOTS! When it comes to International Dot Day, we join in celebrating the creativity, courage, and curiosity of young minds. It’s a day to recognize the power of imagination and to encourage our next generation to explore their own creativity. Dot Day was originally inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot, and it has been bringing joy to children across the globe ever since.

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Topics: Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Art

Clean energy DIY: KidWind inspires stunning TETRIX® wind turbines

Posted by Admin on August 02, 2022

Alternative, or renewable, energy is a growing field, with solar, wind, water, geothermal, bioenergy, and nuclear resources all contributing. According to Energy.gov, “the clean energy industry generates hundreds of billions in economic activity and is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years”.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, Engineering, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning

Open-ended STEAM projects for elementary to middle schoolers

Posted by Corinne Pachl on July 19, 2022

On a scale from Tinkerer to Instruction Follower, I’m severely the latter. I do believe that anyone and everyone is a maker, but I’m the kind of maker who can make anything as long as I have a set of directions. Sewing pattern? I can assemble a new dress. Recipe? Boom, I have scratch-made cinnamon rolls a day later. Walk me through writing code? Sure, I’ll make that robot solve a maze ASAP.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning

Make your camp/summer learning program planning easy

Posted by Admin on May 03, 2022

Summer is on the way! And that means camps are right around the corner. When we think of a summer camp, we picture pitching a tent or sitting around a campfire roasting s’mores or maybe kayaking across the lake. But, what about learning? Just because the school year is over, that doesn’t mean learning must come to an end too.  

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Topics: Middle School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Camps, STEM, Hands-on Learning

Little hands, BIG learning! Explore the senses (PreK-2 activity)

Posted by Corinne Pachl on April 04, 2022

This week is a BIG one for us here at Pitsco! We’re celebrating the release of our second-ever Little Book catalog, AND it’s NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child (WOYC)!

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