Hands-on coding experiences help elementary students develop workforce-ready skills

Posted by Patty Cooke on April 30, 2019

Coding in elementary school? That used to be a radical thought. But in order to prepare students – our future workforce – we can't start soon enough. 

The Backstory 

Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030. The purpose of the 2018 report, and the goal of the OECD Education 2030 project, is to help schools around the world identify the skills students will need by 2030 and develop appropriate curricula to effectively instill those skills. Coding, robotics, and other employability skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, and computational thinking are among those at the top of the list.  

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ROBOTICS, STEM, Coding, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

NSTA 2019 hot topics: Coding and Robotics

Posted by Tommy Ly on April 29, 2019

Science teachers and the next generation of American scientists and inventors filled the halls of the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis earlier this month. The NSTA National Conference hosted more than 300 exhibition booths specializing in disciplines from traditional life and physical sciences to makerspaces and rocket kits. By far the most astounding thing was the representation of coding on the exhibit floor.

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Topics: ROBOTICS, Technology, Trends, Coding, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, Conferences

FIRST® things first: Are you ready?

Posted by Preston Frazier on April 13, 2019

Top 7 things you need for FIRST® Champ

“Remember, if you fail to prepare you are preparing to fail.”
– H. K. Williams

Will you be traveling soon to the FIRST Championship in either Houston (April 17-20) or Detroit (April 24-27)? You might be a spectator watching from afar or a fan sitting in the stands supporting your favorite robotics team. But even more exciting, you might be on one of the competing FIRST Tech Challenge teams that has made it all this way. If so, congratulations! That’s something to celebrate.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Social and emotional learning, TETRIX Robotics

Coding in elementary: Tackling 21st-century needs begins with TagTiles®

Posted by Patty Cooke on March 25, 2019

Educators just make things happen. All of you use your resources, aren’t afraid of new things, and love nothing more than new ways to get students thinking and doing. And it’s no secret we aim to put engaging products and solutions in the hands of eager educators who use them to empower students. This is the essence of our daily work.

So, when we had the opportunity to pilot KUBO, a plug-and-learn robot for elementary students, into nine classrooms across the US, we jumped at it!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, STEM, Coding, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning

The proof is in the wording: Celebrating proofreading!

Posted by Corinne Pachl on March 06, 2019

When you hear the word proofreading, you probably have flashbacks to writing essays in middle school English class or stumbling through reading your essay aloud. Maybe you think about how more people on social media should proofread their own posts more often. I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people associate proofreading with spell-check and nothing more. But there’s so much more to it, including its own holiday! National Proofreading Day is on Friday, March 8. It's probably not a coincidence that National Grammar Day falls within the same week (March 4). Our Pitsco Editing department is celebrating big this week!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Culture, Trends, Careers, Coding