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Make your camp/summer learning program planning easy

Posted by Molly Underwood on May 03, 2022

Summer is on the way! And that means camps are right around the corner. When we think of a summer camp, we picture pitching a tent or sitting around a campfire roasting s’mores or maybe kayaking across the lake. But, what about learning? Just because the school year is over, that doesn’t mean learning must come to an end too.  

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Topics: Middle School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Camps, STEM, Hands-on Learning

Can you dig it? National Plant a Flower Day is March 12

Posted by Corinne Pachl on March 04, 2022

A couple of my bucket list items are to walk among the tulips blooming in Amsterdam, to picnic under cherry blossoms in Japan, and to see the brilliantly colored bougainvillea and jacaranda blooms all over Madeira, Portugal. What do all these things have in common? Flowers!

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Social and emotional learning, Hands-on Learning

The future is Fusion: Your next-gen dragster blank

Posted by Corinne Pachl on February 09, 2022

The world of education has evolved significantly over the years, yet Pitsco’s CO2 dragsters have remained a constant since the 1970s. Since its beginning, Pitsco’s dragster assortment has always offered two types of wooden blanks: balsa and basswood.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Competitions, STEM, TSA, Dragsters, Activities, Drafting

Sculpting with shadows: two Groundhog Day STEAM activities

Posted by Cody White on February 02, 2022

I’m writing this while sitting in a coffee shop at a table near the door. Every time a new customer enters, I’m hit with a swirl of arctic air that chills me to the core. For me, that prognosticating groundhog can’t come out of his den soon enough.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Science, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Activity: T-Bot® offers leverage for exploring simple machines

Posted by Cody White on January 19, 2022

A great physical science education tool isn’t just exciting while you are using it; it continues to provoke thought and make real-world connections well after you’ve placed it back on the shelf. Case in point: I recently spent time exploring Pitsco’s T-Bot® Hydraulic Arm. It was a fun challenge using the hydraulic robot arm to pick up and move blocks, and I thought about links to automation and heavy machinery as I used it. But, to my surprise, after I put the device away, what I really couldn’t stop thinking about was my own arm.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Science, Technology, STEM, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning