How do bicycles work? The science behind this ‘simple’ machine.

Posted by Katlie Brynds on June 07, 2019

Bicycles are used by millions of people worldwide, for various reasons. People bicycle to work out, commute, deliver packages, compete in races, or just ride for fun. Riding a bicycle might seem easy to some, but it’s actually very complex. Both the rider and the bike play an integral role in the process, which is really more of a science than an art. So, how exactly does this two-wheeled object get us from Point A to Point B?

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Resources, Engineering, Physics

Encouraging self-esteem, growth mindset is important for today’s students and future workforce

Posted by Tommy Ly on May 21, 2019

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month and an opportunity to raise awareness and take stock of the emotional health of our teens. Most everyone is a parent, aunt, uncle, teacher, or a friend of a teen. Or maybe you’re like me, with little ones that will someday be teens. We all have a stake in the emotional health of teens, so here are the skills that teens will need to stay strong. 

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Workforce Development

Bringing financial literacy to the classroom

Posted by Katlie Brynds on April 27, 2019

Do you remember your first purchase? Something you’d been saving up for a while and were finally able to buy? We begin learning about the financial world at an early age. Even before entering school, we observe the financial decisions made by our families and we begin to gain a financial mentality. But sometimes we don’t always have role models around to demonstrate positive personal finance habits. Bringing financial terms and concepts into a formal classroom setting can help prepare students for the financial opportunities and challenges they’ll face as adults.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Math

The telephone: Evolving communication

Posted by Tommy Ly on April 25, 2019

Greek legend has it that when the town of Marathon was invaded by the Persians many, many centuries ago, they outnumbered the Greeks four to one (Awesomestories.com). A soldier named Pheidippides ran 150 miles to ask the Spartans for help, only to be turned down. He ran back to the front lines, where he battled victoriously. He then ran a final 25 miles to Athens to utter “chairete, nikomen,” translated as “hail, we are the winners,” and then he died from exhaustion (Ridetothehills.wordpress.com). Coincidentally, the source of the word telephone’s etymology is Greek, meaning a far sound or voice. If anyone could have used a far voice, it was Pheidippides. April 25 marks National Telephone Day, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come with our “far voice.”

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Technology, innovate

Savings, funding, and resources for educators!

Posted by Katlie Brynds on April 23, 2019

Sometimes, browsing the web can be a little bit overwhelming – so many sites and so little time. So, when you discover a feature on a website that makes your experience better, easier, or quicker, you often think, “How did I ever live without this?” Pitsco.com has some awesome features that you might not know about. So, to save you some time, let us fill you in on everything you might be missing out on!

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Topics: FUNDING, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Grants, Hands-on Learning