Your summer just got better: Come code with us!

Posted by Molly Underwood on July 17, 2020

Coding is more than just numbers or words on a screen, it’s what helps students learn how to problem-solve, think differently, and get creative. It’s not just learning how to follow a set of instructions but rather learning that failure is an opportunity to succeed. Computer programming is the future. And, as many things in our everyday lives become dependent on digital technology, the demand for coding skills increases.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Giveaways, STEM, Resources, Coding, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math, innovate

How STEM education shapes us: Pitsco taught me this . . .

Posted by Deidre Galloway on July 11, 2020

As back-to-school time creeps into our calendars and minds, it has us reflecting a bit, especially in this time of uncertainty, newness, flexibility, and innovation. We are approaching 50 years in business and we’ve seen a lot of trends come and go in the education space. The constant though, and the heart of if all, remains the same: educators and students.

Pitsco was created with the guiding principle of fast, friendly service for teachers by manufacturing innovative kits for teachers. Since joining the Pitsco family as a professional, I’ve been thinking about how Pitsco products and STEM-focused education impacted me.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, STEM, TSA, Careers, Authentic Learning, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, Women in STEM

The sky’s NOT the limit: Explore careers and coding fun with new drones

Posted by David Meador on July 09, 2020

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a . . . drone? Surely you’ve had the opportunity to see a drone in flight if not fly one yourself. And if you haven’t seen drones in action, you’ve at least seen their work: movies, TV shows, and even advertisements use them.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Careers, Coding, Activities, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Sending a virtual handshake: Connecting in a new way

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 18, 2020

“School’s out for summer!” We all have heard those famous rock anthem lyrics at some point in our lives, and well, I’m sure there are many teachers who haven’t been more excited for summer to be here – especially in 2020. This first half of the year has posed its challenges (to say the least!), and summer means taking a break, soaking up a little sun, and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. 

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, ROBOTICS, STEM, Resources, Coding, Professional Development, STEAM, Conferences, Virtual Reality

The scoop on ice cream STEM activities

Posted by Melissa Karsten on June 16, 2020

Ice cream is always a big hit in the summertime (and usually year round too if we’re being honest 😉). I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say they don’t like ice cream. I know there are some who can’t eat it because of allergies or other dietary restrictions, but, as for just not liking it, while I’m sure there are some people out there that don’t, I’d think they must be pretty rare.

And there are so many ice cream options to choose from! Personally, I grew up with the smooth creaminess of Dairy Queen ice cream, but I won’t turn down any other offerings!

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