Blog Posts

21st-century skills take flight in Texas

Posted by Melissa Karsten on May 24, 2018

As a teacher, you’re all about giving your students the tools and knowledge for a successful career. It’s up to them to take advantage of the opportunities they’re presented to make it happen. How satisfying is it to see a spark ignited in your student that could lead them on this path? Charles Richardson from Lancaster ISD south of Dallas knows.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, High School, Careers, STEM Expeditions, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills

More is more: Getting the most from your middle school robotics program

Posted by Jessica Born on May 09, 2018
Special thanks to today’s guest author, Matt Patterson. 

Matt is the education manager from Enable Education. Hes worked in education for the last seven years after starting a career programming solutions to STEM problems. He is a nanoengineering graduate from the University of Toronto, so he brings a technical background with some industry experience to STEM education. When hes not creating awesome educational resources, he enjoys playing video games and reading science fiction and fantasy novels.

Did you hear the news? We recently released our brand-new TETRIX® PRIME EV3 Module. The module, with the rest of the EV3 Component Set, means you can take the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 system you already have and use it with our TETRIX® PRIME building system. Yes, it’s time to do more with metal. We’re talking complete compatibility! Plus, we also offer 45+ hours of hands-on, minds-on curriculum designed just for the middle school classroom. It advances the possibilities of two singular systems. Talk about more for your time and money!

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Topics: Middle School, ROBOTICS, Engineering, Coding, TETRIX Robotics

Our future workforce is in middle school. Will they be ready?

Posted by Jessica Born on April 14, 2018

The game of life requires proper preparation. So when does that preparation begin? College and career readiness at the middle school level might seem a bit outrageous at first. Asking a 11- to 13-year-old to map out their path or to select a career or passion might seem unimaginable. But is it really too much to expect?

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Careers, STEM Expeditions, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills

Making the switch to Expeditions

Posted by Tom Farmer on March 26, 2018

PLACENTIA, CA – Doubt. Skepticism. Uncertainty. Complacency. Fear of the unknown. . . . All can be excuses for not changing curriculum.

And all can be barriers to progress.

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) administrators and teachers did their homework when researching new middle-level career-discovery labs and found multiple reasons to make a switch following their decade-long successful run with Pitsco Education’s Modules program: Challenge. Belief. Opportunity. Careers. Discovery. Trust. Future.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, STEM, Careers, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning

Customization: Just what the educator ordered

Posted by Tom Farmer on March 22, 2018

Standardized testing.

Extra duties.

Professional development. 

Tight budget.

There are plenty of obligations piled onto educators these days. Often that leaves them little time to innovate in their classrooms or provide custom opportunities for their students. So when a new student-centric curriculum allows a chance to personalize curriculum and classroom processes, it’s a win-win.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM Expeditions