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

Ada Lovelace: Celebrating women in STEM

Posted by Tommy Ly on October 04, 2018

On the second Tuesday of October each year, we celebrate Ada Lovelace Day (ALD), founded in 2009 by journalist Suw Charman-Anderson to honor the many women in STEM (findingada.com); but you might be thinking, who in the world is Ada Lovelace? And why her? English mathematician Augusta King, Countess of Lovelace, more popularly known as Ada Lovelace, made her mark in history by publishing one of the first algorithms to be executed by a machine. And though the term computer didn’t exist in her time, this makes her the first published programmer.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Culture, Science, Technology, STEM, Math

Are we there yet? An out-of-this-world look at a common question.

Posted by Bill Holden on July 20, 2018

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? The oft-asked question from the back of our van still rings clear in my head. “No, we’re still a few hours away from Mount Rushmore – but we'll be there before you know it!” was my usual reply.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Future Ready, Math