Digital skills are employability skills

Posted by Jessica Born on February 19, 2019

There’s a lot of buzz about employability skills these days. We at Pitsco are talking a lot about them too. So, what does it take to be employable? Education and industry have indicated we want today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders to have the capacity for or to possess skills in:

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Topics: innovate, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Trends, Culture, IN THE CLASSROOM

National Inventors’ Day: A day for creating

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 11, 2019

February 11 is National Inventors’ Day, a day to honor inventors of all kinds. But more than anything it’s a day to celebrate ingenuity. We’re surrounded by products, processes, and inventions that started as an idea – usually an attempt to solve a problem – and ended as something that makes our lives better in one way or another. National Inventors’ Day celebrates the creative genius in all of us.

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Topics: innovate, Hands-on Learning, Maker Ed, Future Ready, STEM, IN THE CLASSROOM

Tackle the stuff in 2019: Classroom organization tips

Posted by Jessica Born on February 07, 2019

Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix is all the rage right now. If you’re in the middle of purging, folding, and thanking, you might not need to read on. But, since there isn’t a “Classroom Edition” of the show (yet), we decided to try to round up a few tried-and-true staples as well as innovative ideas to inspire or help you tackle all the stuff we know STEM educators have in their classrooms. Wrangling it all can be time-consuming, and goodness knows you’re all short on time (and probably space too)!

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Topics: innovate, Resources, Culture, Teacher Resources, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM

STEM and football join teams

Posted by Preston Frazier on February 02, 2019

Sunday’s big game is almost here! People have made their team picks of who will win the most prestigious trophy in professional football. Even if you’re not a football fan, this is the perfect time to look at some math and science connections that your students can relate to the big game on the gridiron.

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Topics: Physics, innovate, Activities, Resources, STEM, Culture, IDEAS & INSPIRATION

STEM/STEAM inspires students to NOV8 (Innovate)

Posted by Jessica Born on November 08, 2018

It’s a bit hazy and, arguably, debatable as to when STEM actually became a “thing.” Some will contend it’s been around since the race for space was initiated in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Others will say it‘s been present since the 1970s/1980s when huge technological advances were occurring (i.e. the Macintosh and first cell phone). Still others will proffer it was the 1990s when education councils were setting curriculum standards with more emphasis for science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Topics: STEAM, STEM, Hands-on Learning, Activities, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, innovate