K-12 student contest: Design a holly, jolly, and creative card!

Posted by Melissa Karsten on November 15, 2018

Last year was the first time Pitsco had a student design our holiday greeting that was sent to thousands of people, and we loved it so much that we decided to do it again this year.

Besides bragging rights, the winning student will be sent a $50 Walmart gift card, and a $100 Pitsco store credit will go to the teacher who submits the winning artwork. 

2017 Winning Design

The Contest Is Simple

There’s NO entry fee. It’s open to all students K-12, but entries should be submitted by a teacher or administrator. Yes, homeschool educators count.

  1. Download the template.
  2. Have your students design their 7" x 5" (horizontal) card.
  3. Submit.

Submissions will be accepted by digital upload, mail, or hand delivery.

We have everything explained in detail at Pitsco.com/CardContest with links to download your template and submit your students’ designs. All entries will be digitally showcased online. 

The winning design will be chosen by a panel of judges at Pitsco Education. Besides mailing our cards nationally, we also send an email version to thousands of our contacts and share it on social media.

Need a little inspiration? Take a look at the 2017 entries.

Don’t delay in starting this project! Entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2018, or digitally or hand delivered by December 3, 2018. We’ll announce the winner mid-December on social media and at Pitsco.com/CardContest.

We can’t wait to see what your students create!



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Topics: Art, STEAM, Activities, Contest, STEM, Culture, Giveaways, IN THE CLASSROOM

Using inquiry-based learning in your elementary classroom – including coding education

Posted by Natalie Vanderbeck on November 10, 2018

Inquiry-based learning isn’t a new idea in education. While writing my master’s thesis, I studied science classrooms that utilized inquiry-based learning vs traditional teacher-led learning. To be certain we’re all on the same page, let’s define inquiry-based learning: “a student-centered approach where the instructor guides the students through questions posed, methods designed, and data interpreted by the students. Through inquiry, students actively discover information to support their investigations” (Edutopia).

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

Relaunching a favorite: The Straw Rocket Launcher gets an upgrade

Posted by Patty Cooke on November 01, 2018

If you read Anna Gudde’s recent blog post, “Cover to cover STEM!,” you know that our 2018-19 Elementary STEM catalog came out recently. And if you’ve browsed the pages of the catalog, you might’ve noticed an exciting change to one of our most popular products – the Straw Rocket Launcher.

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Topics: Physics, Hands-on Learning, Activities, Engineering, STEM, Collaborations, IN THE CLASSROOM

There’s no substitute for hands-on learning

Posted by Melissa Karsten on October 25, 2018

Twenty-first century students tend to thrive in fully immersive educational experiences and embrace social learning environments where they can be hands on (Forbes). How can this influence your students’ future education goals and careers? A great example of this is in North Carolina. Engineers engrained in a hands-on movement there, along with other professionals and sources, tell us real-world, hands-on learning provides many long-lasting benefits.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Social and emotional learning, Careers, Engineering, Technology, STEM, IN THE CLASSROOM

Solar Week activities: Bright ideas for your classroom

Posted by Preston Frazier on October 22, 2018

This week (October 22-26) is celebrated as Solar Week, focusing on the Sun and how it relates to Earth. This event is a little unusual because it takes place two times a year (March and October), and both are awesome opportunities to teach lessons with real-world applications and hands-on activities. And it just so happens Pitsco has a lot of experience with both of these.

So let’s take a look at fun facts about the Sun, how it relates to Earth, and fun hands-on, minds-on activities you can do for any Solar Week!

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Topics: Math, Hands-on Learning, Future Ready, Activities, STEM, Science, Technology, Collaborations, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM