Static electricity – this might shock you

Posted by Deidre Galloway on January 09, 2020

We’re all familiar with the static cling when we forget to put the dryer sheet in the dryer, especially during the winter season. Or maybe you’ve gotten shocked as you touch a door handle or pet your dog. These shocking experiences are due to static electricity, which is a buildup of electric charges. Winter is a great time to learn about static electricity because the air tends to be drier along with our skin and hair. There are many simple experiments you can do with students or children in your life to connect everyday experiences to science.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics

The science behind gingerbread houses

Posted by Jessica Born on December 20, 2019

Have you ever built a gingerbread house? This traditional Christmastime activity is as popular and fun as it is trying. From the graham cracker, no-baking-required creations to store-bought kit houses to the work of art at our nation’s capital, it takes art, science, and some magic to bring them to life. Yes, even, the White House celebrates the season with a gingerbread house!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Resources, Drafting, STEAM, Art

Coding for all: Using KUBO in the special education classroom

Posted by Admin on December 14, 2019

Blog written by: Dana Cochran, special education teacher

“It’s a robot dating show, Mrs. Cochran!” my student shouted from the floor while smiling and giggling. 

“Look! Ours both met at the flagpole,” her classmate said excitedly.

My special needs students, ages 10-11, had been working on coding KUBO for about a week. They had learned functions and subroutines. (We hadn’t even gotten to loops, yet.) Everyone was engaged, active, and, most importantly, having fun.

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

Work ethic, motivation . . . and robotics contribute to success in competition, life

Posted by Patty Cooke on December 11, 2019

Heritage High School (Maryville, TN) students Caden Branch and Landon Davis took gold in the 2019 Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) competition at the SkillsUSA® national championships held this past summer in Louisville, Kentucky. The duo’s first-place finish continues a six-year streak of medaling for Heritage High School USAR teams since they began competing in 2014. So far, students have brought home two bronze, two silver, and two gold medals from the national competition.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, ROBOTICS, STEM, Social and emotional learning, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Contest

STEM Holiday Gift Guide: Give the gift of fun

Posted by Molly Underwood on December 04, 2019

Have a student, teacher, or grandkid in your life you want to get that perfect gift for? Some elves at Pitsco helped create a STEM gift guide just for YOU! From engineering to art to math, there is something for everyone. Let this holiday season be one to remember by getting those you love gifts they will love.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning