Stories and algorithms? The 4 Rs of 21st-century STEM education

Posted by Jessica Born on June 18, 2019

The three Rs of education – reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic – were the foundation for much of 20th-century learning. Even as we advance well into the 21st century, those foundational skills still carry significant importance for today’s learners. Students absolutely need solid literacy skills – print and digital – as well as the ability to write well and complete basic to complex mathematic tasks.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Math

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

Inside Pitsco: Women in STEM

Posted by Jessica Born on March 07, 2019

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). “IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity” (IWD). It’s been celebrated since 1911, and we’re excited to share a special take on IWD here on the blog. We’re shining the spotlight on the women working at Pitsco who help make #handsonmindson happen.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Trends, Careers, Women in STEM

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

Dipping into the science of tortilla chips

Posted by Jessica Born on February 22, 2019

We’ve all been there. The basket of chips and that little bowl of salsa arrives on the table, and before you know it, it’s devoured, and your table is asking for a refill (maybe before you’ve even ordered your entrées). In fact, there’s a meme about how self-control is abandoned when chips and salsa are served. This hasn’t been formally researched by us, but I think we can confirm the meme’s validity based on repeated informal experiments (i.e. personal experience).

So, how’d we get here? What’s the science behind tortilla chips and their popularity?

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Science, STEM, Trends, Activities