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  • Expeditions are California students – and teachers – pleased

    with move from Modules – page 12

    ‘for our generation’

    February-March 2018

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    Career Expeditions: A cluster of knowledge

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    SySTEM Alert!: Coils, currents, torque

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    National Guard takes lead with USAR

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  • Introducing Career Expeditions

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    The flexibility of Career Expeditions allows for an easy-to-implement, comprehensive solution for your school or district. Career Expeditions can stand alone as a career-focused course, be

    implemented with STEM Expeditions for a career cluster-focused course, or be implemented as a supplement to an existing career cluster course.

    Ready to begin developing future-ready learners? Customize your STEM program today.

    Visit us online at Pitsco.com or call 800-828-5787.

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    We know teachers have the most important job on the planet. We also expect students to have a stake in their own education. As such, we believe in both empowering the educator and positioning students to lead. We’re

    confident that learning by doing is the only way to accomplish this. Our age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 learning solutions in STEM are delivered via hands-on products and programs. Standards can be addressed with relevant, real-world activities and manipulatives.Further, we’re in the business to see both you and your students succeed. Whether it’s assistance from our

    world-class customer service experts who are just a call away or our educational service managers who are in classrooms assisting with program implementation, we’ll get you the support you need. Or if you need something from the rich gallery of downloadable documents and activities or an engaging hands-on

    professional development session that will take your work to the next level, we have it.Truly, we’re in it for the educators and the students.

    The Pitsco Experience: Learning by Doing

    From standalone products that add immediate value to a classroom to complete systems for an entire building or district, with thousands of products in our assortment, we have what it takes to help advance student learning. Together we can create a plan for individual development or an immersive learning experience to achieve educational goals.

    Our products and programs aim to foster curiosity, provide a deeper understanding, necessitate critical thinking, and spur confidence in students. But most importantly, our relationships with

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    Pitsco believes that each student has a unique and complex system of thinking and learning and that effective educators desire to reach their students and equip them with skills for the classroom and for life. Making STEM an accessible discipline for any teacher enables us to reach all types of learners from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and geographic locations. Through STEM education, students’ interpersonal relationships are enhanced while content is mas- tered, delivering to society the next generation of workforce – equipped with skills and abilities to

    impact the world. We believe it’s important to play a role in making the world a better place and to reward others who do the same.

    Vested in Teacher and Student Success

    "I answered a science question on a test [because of what I learned in the Expedition]. One of my friends has glasses. One of the lenses is thicker than the other. It is a convex lens, which make it more powerful. I answered a question about that and got it right. It applies to everyday life, and I like that." – Emma, Student, Pittsburg Community Middle School, Pittsburg, KS

    "I answered a science question on a test [because of what I learned in the Expedition]. One of my friends has glasses. One of the lenses is thicker than the other. It is a convex lens, which make it more powerful. I answered a question about that and got it right. It applies to everyday life, and I like that." – Emma, Student, Pittsburg Community Middle School, Pittsburg, KS

    Features 3 A cluster of knowledge

    Career Expeditions align with national career clusters

    4, 7 Writers’ favorites Curriculum specialists pick their top Expeditions, Missions

    6 Golden Bell Award for STEM Missions lab helps CA elementary school win state honor

    8 National Guard adopts USAR Massachusetts unit takes robotics competition statewide

    10 Robotics for educators Future teachers learn how to instill key skills via robotics

    12 CA district goes all in Upgrade from Modules to Expeditions part of STEM plan

    21 DonorsChoose appeal answered Campaign funds Pitsco racing system, other items

    22 Support your own space colony Mars Mission Specialist: Payload Design challenge

    23 Maximum STEM Range of offerings perfect for Las Vegas junior high

    26 Webinars just for you! Register for upcoming monthly events; check out archives

    Departments/Columns 2 From the Executive Editor

    18-19 Administrators’ Corner

    20 Funding Opportunities

    24 The Social Network

    25 The Blog Log

    27 Dave the Science Guy

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  • Volume 19, No. 4 | February-March 2018

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    Pitsco’s vision: Leading education that positively affects learners

    CEO: Harvey Dean, hdean@pitsco.com

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    Enjoy the rewards

    From the Executive Editor

    Matt Frankenbery Vice President, Education & Executive Editor

    We want our young people to grow into capable adults. The education we work to provide has value if it prepares them for the future. First we sow and then we reap. But that doesn’t mean our efforts are fruitless before harvest.

    It is good as well to enjoy the rewards of the here and now. I’ve never met a teacher who isn’t thrilled to witness a student experiencing a “light bulb moment.” Or a teacher who doesn’t relish the cackle of excitement felt during a great activity.

    Another fruit of our toil is the coming together that education engenders. At times the divisions in our society cause frustrations, but it feels good when a noble purpose brings people of different backgrounds to the table. At its best, our task gathers students, parents, co