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 will you celebrate National Waffle Iron Day?

Posted by Patty Cooke on June 29, 2019

National Waffle Iron Day is June 29. What?! There’s actually a day to celebrate the golden, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-fluffy-on-the-inside paragon of deliciousness? That yummy breakfast icon that contains little pockets perfectly suited for holding syrup and melted butter?

Well, yes, but that day, National Waffle Day, is August 24. June 29 is set aside to honor the reason waffles even exist at all – the waffle iron.

I have to admit, I don’t own, nor have I ever owned, a waffle iron. Don’t get me wrong, I love waffles. I’ve just never had the urge to make my own. But after researching National Waffle Iron Day and all the awesome things you can make with a waffle iron (besides waffles, of course), I might just have to change that.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

Stories and algorithms? The 4 Rs of 21st-century STEM education

Posted by Jessica Born on June 18, 2019

The three Rs of education – reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic – were the foundation for much of 20th-century learning. Even as we advance well into the 21st century, those foundational skills still carry significant importance for today’s learners. Students absolutely need solid literacy skills – print and digital – as well as the ability to write well and complete basic to complex mathematic tasks.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Math

Bringing financial literacy to the classroom

Posted by Katlie Brynds on April 27, 2019

Do you remember your first purchase? Something you’d been saving up for a while and were finally able to buy? We begin learning about the financial world at an early age. Even before entering school, we observe the financial decisions made by our families and we begin to gain a financial mentality. But sometimes we don’t always have role models around to demonstrate positive personal finance habits. Bringing financial terms and concepts into a formal classroom setting can help prepare students for the financial opportunities and challenges they’ll face as adults.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Math