What’s your teaching type? Find out here!

Posted by Pam Scifers on September 14, 2018

Let’s get personal, shall we? 

And since Im the one asking, I’ll volunteer to go first. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, Taurus (to a T), marketer, food nerd, home design student, sports enthusiast, dog-loving gal. In my role at Pitsco, I strive to create personalized, meaningful experiences that resonate with our teachers and make a difference in your classrooms and students’ lives. I’m a planner and strive for routine, but I find myself juggling, problem-solving, and reprioritizing my ever-growing to-do list every . . . single . . . day.

As an educator, I’m sure at least that last part sounds somewhat familiar.

Which brings us back to the personal part . . . what type of teacher are you?

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Giveaways, STEM, Resources, Teacher Development, Professional Development

Your next STEM mentors: Senior citizens

Posted by Patty Cooke on August 22, 2018

National Senior Citizens Day was earlier this week (8/22/18). First designated as such in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the importance of senior citizens in our personal lives as well as in our communities (EMS Safety).

As we’ve all seen, senior citizens have a lot to offer, including time, patience, and love, and they are overwhelmingly willing to offer it up freely! At least one center has recognized the importance of senior citizens and the value they bring to children. Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, Washington, houses both an elderly care facility as well as a licensed child care center called the Intergenerational Learning Center. Here, young and old sit side by side, participating in music, art, and other activities. The nursing home residents serve as friends, mentors, and stand-in grandparents while the children, who see everything through eyes of wonder, provide laughter, joy, and boundless energy (Providence Health & Services).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Careers, Authentic Learning, Hands-on Learning

That sinking feeling – what the plunge of a roller coaster causes

Posted by Katlie Brynds on August 16, 2018

Imagine being on a roller coaster. You’re heading up the first big hill, and all of a sudden, the car tips over the top and plunges down the loop. You can feel yourself rising from the seat, and its as though your insides are floating. The weightless feeling you experience in this situation isnt an illusion. If you had a scale, you would find that you actually weigh less in that moment.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Hands-on Learning, Physics

TorqueNADO® review: Users share feedback

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2018

In August 2017, Pitsco released the TorqueNADO®, a powerful 12-volt DC motor with a built-in encoder for our TETRIX® MAX building system. This motor was the strongest motor available for competitors in the FIRST® Tech Challenge 2017-2018 season game, Relic Recoverysm. Many teams were able to use the TorqueNADO for competition this year and had lots to say about it.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Engineering, TETRIX Robotics

Amelia Earhart: Celebrating a legacy of adventure

Posted by Patty Cooke on July 24, 2018

July 24 is National Amelia Earhart Day, a day that honors her birth as well as her achievements.

Born Amelia Mary Earhart on July 24, 1897, (in Pitsco’s home state, and more specifically in Atchison, KS) Earhart began challenging the notion of what girls could do at a young age, eschewing expected female norms for climbing trees and hunting rats with a .22 rifle. She even collected news clippings about women succeeding in traditional male fields (Amelia Earhart).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, STEM Expeditions, Career Expeditions, Hands-on Learning