Celebrating National #STEMSTEAMDay!

Posted by Patty Cooke on November 08, 2019

We celebrate a lot of days and things, some more known than others. But November 8 is definitely a day we think deserves NATIONAL RECOGNITION. It's National #STEMSTEAMDay, a day to celebrate what we here at Pitsco love best (besides students and teachers, of course) – science, technology, engineering, art, and math!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Technology, STEM, Resources, Engineering, STEM Units, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Math, Art

KUBO takes a spin with new coding concepts

Posted by Molly Underwood on November 05, 2019

Blog concept and activity coauthor: Paige Bowman

Digital literacy is a key to the future, and KUBO Robotics is helping you lead the charge to understand it. Coding can be an overwhelming, confusing tech language to learn and can sometimes be even harder to teach. But with help from KUBO, kids can start learning how to code at the early age of five, and educators have resources and guidance at the ready to help facilitate the experience.

KUBO has been empowering students in a hands-on and screen-free way, teaching them how to think rather than what to think. To develop even more complex coding skills and an abstract way of thinking, KUBO has created a new set of TagTiles® called Coding++.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ROBOTICS, Resources, Coding, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Math

How do you get from coding to social studies? You Map It!

Posted by Patty Cooke on October 28, 2019

As we’ve seen in a previous blog post, KUBO is great for teaching coding in Grades K-5. The hands-on, screen-free solution uses TagTiles® to make coding as simple as solving a puzzle. And the quick setup and progressive system of Coding, Coding+, and Coding++ tiles allows for an easy transition from simple to complex concepts.

But KUBO is so much more than just coding! The free lessons and activities available at KUBO.education make this a truly cross-curricular adventure.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, Coding, Hands-on Learning, innovate

Fall in the classroom: Your pick of seasonal celebrations and activities

Posted by Molly Underwood on October 24, 2019

The leaves are falling. The sweaters are out. Football is on TV. YES! Autumn is here!

Whether you’re sad about summer leaving or getting bundled up for all the cozy days to come, we want this season to be bushels of fun by bringing fall into your classroom. Autumn has several holidays, specifically food-related ones, for you to celebrate. Why not observe those by getting some hands-on learning AND munching on some food? I mean, could it get any better?

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate, Art

Helping finance your classroom

Posted by Katlie Brynds on October 21, 2019

Classroom funding is a hard topic. We know educators sacrifice and work diligently to creatively supply resources and opportunities for their students and initiatives. If you’re looking to fund a special project, stocking your STEM lab, or a hands-on classroom activity, it’s likely you’ve looked for grants. We are proud to award a $350 grant each month to assist with making hands-on learning possible!

Having trouble funding your STEM lab or hands-on classroom activities? The $350 Pitsco Grant is awarded in the form of a voucher that may be used to purchase hands-on STEM products, curriculum, and more on our website. Submit an application today!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, FUNDING, STEM, Resources, Coding, Grants