Hands-on learning at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum proves STEM has no limits

Posted by Cody White on January 14, 2019

STEM is well known as an outside-the-box approach to classroom learning. But increasingly it’s becoming an outside-the-classroom phenomenon as well. The old adage that it takes a village has never been more true, and businesses, universities, libraries, and other organizations have been standing up to provide high-quality STEM education alongside schools.

Museums are another type of organization keenly suited to bringing educational value to a community in this way. A quick virtual tour of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas, shows exactly why this is so.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, Future Ready, STEM, Culture, Science, Makerspace, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The science behind Hollywood’s spooky special effects

Posted by Jessica Born on October 29, 2018

Spooky. Scary. Silly. Ghoulish. Gross. Halloween has many forms. And nobody makes it seem simpler or more real than in the movies, but how do they create the scary?
Magic? Well . . .
Science? Absolutely.

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Topics: Activities, STEM, Technology, Science, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool

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

Inspiration for every day of Earth Science Week

Posted by Melissa Karsten on October 12, 2018

Earth Science Week 2018 is almost here (Oct. 14-20), so get your art supplies out and express yourself, which is the emphasis of this year’s theme – Earth as Inspiration (Earth Science Week). The week is a sum of its days, and the Earth Science Week organization has a focus for each of those days.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Activities, Careers, Resources, STEM, Science, Collaborations, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM

Ada Lovelace: Celebrating women in STEM

Posted by Tommy Ly on October 04, 2018

On Tuesday (October 9, 2018) 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: Math, STEM, Technology, Science, Culture, ROBOTICS, IN THE CLASSROOM