Static electricity – this might shock you

Posted by Deidre Galloway on January 09, 2020

We’re all familiar with the static cling when we forget to put the dryer sheet in the dryer, especially during the winter season. Or maybe you’ve gotten shocked as you touch a door handle or pet your dog. These shocking experiences are due to static electricity, which is a buildup of electric charges. Winter is a great time to learn about static electricity because the air tends to be drier along with our skin and hair. There are many simple experiments you can do with students or children in your life to connect everyday experiences to science.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics

The science behind gingerbread houses

Posted by Jessica Born on December 20, 2019

Have you ever built a gingerbread house? This traditional Christmastime activity is as popular and fun as it is trying. From the graham cracker, no-baking-required creations to store-bought kit houses to the work of art at our nation’s capital, it takes art, science, and some magic to bring them to life. Yes, even, the White House celebrates the season with a gingerbread house!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Resources, Drafting, STEAM, Art

Bring the winter fun into your classroom!

Posted by Paige Bowman on December 16, 2019

It’s winter! At least . . . almost. Maybe you’re knee-deep in snow where you live, but it’s not been snowing much here in Kansas yet. That also means we’re stretching closer to the end of school year. The final stretch is in! But there’s no reason we can’t pretend it’s a winter wonderland and celebrate the holiday season as it comes in full swing! Here are some ideas to bring together excitement for the winter holidays and education for all types of learners.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Resources, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate

STEM Holiday Gift Guide: Give the gift of fun

Posted by Molly Underwood on December 04, 2019

Have a student, teacher, or grandkid in your life you want to get that perfect gift for? Some elves at Pitsco helped create a STEM gift guide just for YOU! From engineering to art to math, there is something for everyone. Let this holiday season be one to remember by getting those you love gifts they will love.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning

Behind the scenes: Science of parades

Posted by Paige Bowman on November 27, 2019

Festive. A spectacle. A procession of fun. One of the most exciting and most popular aspects of local and school homecoming and holidays is often the parade. The community gathers to see the marching bands, athletic teams, fire trucks and police cars, horses, and likely all different kinds of floats.

When you start looking beyond the local scene and to some of the most well-known parades, such as Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Rose Parade in Pasedena, or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the floats become massive pieces of incredible showmanship. In some cases, engineers start working on float designs more than a year in advance to prepare for parades!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Engineering, Careers, Activities