Seven ways educators can encourage girls in STEM

Posted by Lisa Lewis on March 08, 2020

As an elementary teacher and adjunct professor for Educational Goals and Practices, I straddle two worlds. My elementary classroom is usually a mixture of girls and boys from diverse backgrounds, while my college-age students are mostly young ladies ready to change the world through the teaching profession. While the environments within which I teach and my audiences have their contrasts, they share two key similarities: the students’ eagerness to learn and the need for STEM.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, STEM Units, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Women in STEM

Digital detox: Unplug for the day (and what to do with your device-free time)

Posted by Jessica Born on March 06, 2020

Do you know how much screen time you logged on your phone in the last day? How about the last week? (And yes, there’s an app for that if you’re interested.) If you’re an iPhone user, you likely get a weekly notification to alert you of your usage. If you are like me, sometimes that number makes you cringe. How much of that time was purposeful? How much was mindless scrolling? How can I do better?

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Technology, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning

The science behind leap year, plus activities to get your classroom hopping

Posted by Molly Underwood on February 28, 2020

What if I told you that you have an extra day and can do whatever you want with it? Yes – a full day to yourself or to caught up or just to get that one thing done that you keep putting off. Well, you’re in luck! This year, 2020, we get one full day added to the calendar – February 29, specifically. And, even better, it’s on a Saturday! Every four years we get one year, called a leap year, that has 366 days on the calendar. Let’s seize the moment on this special day!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, STEM Units, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

Love STEMs from the heart – National Heart Month

Posted by Molly Underwood on February 26, 2020

Even though Valentine’s Day has already passed, we’re still talking about hearts! And no, not the lovey-dovey kind, the one that helps you do all the things you do each and every day. February is American Heart Month – a month to recognize yours and others’ heart health and ways to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning, STEM Units, Social and emotional learning, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Preparing the next generation one student at a time

Posted by Jessica Born on February 20, 2020

In The Pitsco Experience video, we highlight the role the teacher can and does play in a student’s present-day and future success. We feature four students throughout a brief span of a few years in a teacher’s career and then again in a nod to their futures. This brief cycle in a teacher’s career is meant to reinforce the importance of educators, hands-on education, and the transformation that can happen in a classroom.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Teacher Development, STEM Units, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Inquiry-based Learning