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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

Celebrating teacher power: Pitsco TAG reflects on educators who make a difference

Posted by Patty Cooke on May 10, 2022

What makes a good teacher? What inspires someone to become a teacher in the first place? And, what inspires them to keep teaching, even during tough times?

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Topics: Elementary School, High School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Teacher Development, Authentic Learning, Women in STEM

Hands-on Pi Day and equinox 2022

Posted by Admin on March 10, 2022

Monday, March 14, is Pi Day. Get it? 3/14?

Pi – that glorious and notorious number starting 3.14159265358979323846 but stretching to infinity – is incredibly important. It expresses the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is represented by the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet – π. And it goes on forever without falling into a repeating pattern (making it an irrational number). 

But does it actually exist?

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

Can you dig it? National Plant a Flower Day is March 12

Posted by Corinne Pachl on March 04, 2022

A couple of my bucket list items are to walk among the tulips blooming in Amsterdam, to picnic under cherry blossoms in Japan, and to see the brilliantly colored bougainvillea and jacaranda blooms all over Madeira, Portugal. What do all these things have in common? Flowers!

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Social and emotional learning, Hands-on Learning

Force of Attraction: How magnets attract and repel

Posted by Crista Cunningham on February 11, 2022

We’ve all heard the term opposites attract. While this can be true of your valentine, we’ll just stick to a topic we can all agree on: SCIENCE!

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