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Pitsco elementary STEM programs: Door openers

Published March 4, 2021

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“When you have kids like little Daisy who were just planning on cutting hair for the rest of their lives deciding that they’re going to go off and be a forensic scientist, it’s very much a door opener and an enabler. It’s going to enable them to do whatever they want to do.”
– Cathy Johnson, fifth-grade teacher, Elmore City-Pernell Elementary School, Elmore City, OK

Our goal for all our programs is to open doors – to produce the next-generation workforce composed of problem solvers who can:

  • Think critically and creatively; practice good judgment; and use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve problems.
  • Possess the employability and leadership abilities required to address the current skills gap.
  • Uphold and advance our nation’s innovation edge at success.

Daisy could have been quite successful cutting hair, and that is a noble career; however, Daisy chose it as a goal because that is all she knew about. She had family members who were cosmetologists. Daisy then found her own identity through STREAM Missions. She blossomed as a leader in the Missions environment in a way that she hadn’t experienced in the traditional classroom. And, she discovered qualities in herself that she was unaware of because she had never experienced science and STEM in this way. Daisy, in the fifth grade, walked through the door to her future that was opened for her through STREAM Missions.

At Daisy’s school, they implemented STREAM Missions; however, what if Daisy was exposed to STEM earlier, in K-2? Maybe her confidence could have been bolstered earlier and she wouldn’t have fallen behind in critical areas of reading and math.

Implementing K-2 Elementary STEM Units to feed into a Grades 3-5 STREAM Missions program could have created a school full of blooming daisies – much earlier than fifth grade.

Elementary STEM Units spark an awe for learning at the earliest age. They are designed to supplement core learning programs with hands-on STEM learning. Teachers are provided with everything needed to implement the units including curriculum resources, materials, and storage. Students begin even earlier learning how to reason, problem solve, learn through failure, and apply skills learned in core areas.

Check out our full continuum of K-9 STEM programs – programs that aim to deliver transformative learning experiences and career exposure that prepare students with the skills needed to walk through the door to their future.

Learn more about STREAM Missions for Grades 3-5 at Pitsco.com/STREAMmissions.

Learn more about Elementary STEM Units at Pitsco.com/Our-Programs/Grades-K-2.

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