STEM Professional Development

STEM Professional Development

Making STEM connections through hands-on professional development

To learn more about Pitsco curriculum and how you can implement a solution that fits your needs, contact a Pitsco Education consultant today.

Pitsco Education’s comprehensive professional development includes classroom resources, STEM content, and instructional methods designed exclusively to provide the most positive and productive learning experience possible.

Through a consultation process, we can design seminars around the STEM concepts you desire.

Curriculum Titles

This is the starting point for the Everyday STEM program. This unit provides detailed professional development plans, including tools to help students understand how technology affects their daily lives. Educators come away from this workshop understanding the differences between technology and science, the vital part that technology and engineering play in our lives, and that the T & E in STEM fit naturally into all academic areas. This unit was developed specifically by teachers to help educators understand that STEM is more than just science and mathematics.

Includes:

  • Facilitator plans
  • Slide show
  • Facilitator guide
  • Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators (Whiting & Hickey)
  • Classroom resources (pre/post survey, posters, Big Books, two sample classroom lessons, Science or Technology Card Sort, Glossary, and Making Words)

Recommended but not included:

  • Additional copies of Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators – one per workshop participant

$410.00

This professional development unit builds teachers’ understanding of the technology and engineering design process. It provides hands-on experiences to help teachers understand and teach the design process with activities such as creating geometric creatures, words, and moving parts using paper engineering.

The design loop introduced in this unit was developed by elementary teachers and has been successfully used with thousands of elementary students across the country. The included text helps teachers learn to tie into unexpected subjects – such as reading and history – to teach engineering to young children.

Using the Design Process includes a facilitator guide, CD, and slide show, Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators, Technology Design Loop Poster, materials for paper engineering activities, and more.

$410.00

Structures are more than buildings, bridges, and monuments. This unit was developed specifically to help elementary educators understand that they already teach about structures in many of their lessons. Teachers learn to identify and classify structures included in their daily lessons and how to integrate discussions of structures without changing what they already teach.

The Children's Engineering: Beyond the Basics book helps educators recognize the technology already in their curriculum – and provides 12 cross-curricular activities.

The unit includes a facilitator guide, CD, and slide show, Children's Engineering: Beyond the Basics, science and technology poster set, Everyday STEM Structures Rummy Game, Everyday STEM Structures Card Sort, and Classifying Structures Card Sort – Venn Diagram.

$410.00

Go beyond the hardware store idea of tools so your students can fully understand that there are all kinds of tools they use – scissors, stopwatches, and even saxophones – to accomplish tasks every day.

This professional development unit also shows you how to draw out answers and ideas from your students, as well as how to facilitate active discussions that help them understand the link between the tools from the lessons and those in the real world.

Includes:

  • Facilitator plans
  • Slide show
  • Facilitator guide
  • Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators (Whiting & Hickey)
  • Classroom resources (pre/post survey, Simple Machines Big Book, Six Simple Machines Big Book, Jim and the Beanstalk book, two sample classroom lessons, Is It a Tool? Card Sort, Whose Tool Is It? Card Sort, Simple Machine Venn Diagram Card Sort, Glossary, Making Words)
  • Craft sticks and paper fasteners

Recommended but not included:

  • Additional copies of Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators – one per workshop participant
  • A World of Tools Big Book
  • Science Tools Big Book

$410.00

Continuing to build on previous units that focused on the design process, structures, and tools, Unit 5 takes a close look at materials. Learn the scope of materials available to us and how important they are, how materials have been used and developed throughout history, and how to identify different materials.

Then, discover how to apply this information in the elementary classroom using studies of ancient civilizations and modern communities; a Curious George storybook; word connections; and science, math, and design activities.

The unit includes a facilitator guide, CD, slide show, Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators, Properties of Materials Big Book, six Curious George Builds a Home and Adaptation storybooks, A Short History of Materials & Structures book, the Technology Design Loop Poster, Materials for Focus Lesson Implementation, and the Natural or Manufactured Card Sort.

$410.00

Ready to teach physical science concepts in combination with physical education? The STEM in the Gym™ – Simple Machines Package will help you do just that! This 2016 GESS Education Award Winner for Best Product to Promote Health and Fitness in the Classroom is an innovative program geared toward elementary grades, students will actually experience the mechanical advantage of each simple machine while learning about force, load, work, and more.

The package includes the curriculum and all the specialized equipment to set up a complete program for 24 students (per period):

  • 8 Soft Wedges
  • 8 Seesaw Levers
  • 6 Wheel & Axle Demonstrators
  • 6 Screw Hatches
  • 6 Wall Pulley Packages
  • 6 Big Gears Demonstrators
  • STEM in the Gym – Simple Machines book and DVD to guide teachers through the setup and implementation of seven physical activities that provide students with a kinesthetic lesson in simple machines

Requires scooters, cones, and floor mats, not included.

$3,295.00