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Invigorating Learning and Career Technical Education with Discover Drones

Invigorating Learning and Career Technical Education with Discover Drones

Outside of a learning environment, can you remember the last time you used the Pythagorean Theorem, the Bernoulli Principle or basic chemistry in your day-to-day life? It’s true that these lessons, the hours of studying formulas or practicing mathematical proofs, are used as foundational stepping stones for continued learning, meaning that while it isn’t being used daily, it is still constructive to continued education, but the root of the question still goes unanswered. Why aren’t students learning about the things they are interested in? Why aren’t they learning about the things they will use in the real world of work? Well, this is where Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs come in. 

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Discover Drones, STEM & The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Discover Drones, STEM & The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

As a resource for educators looking to evaluate the Discover Drones materials available from PCS Edventures, this document provides 1.) an overview of the ESSA, 2.) an explanation of how Discover Drones falls into the fourth tier of ESSA evidence evaluation, and 3.) an exploration of the studies, resources and research supporting that claim.

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Tracing STEAM with the Mother of Science Fiction

Tracing STEAM with the Mother of Science Fiction

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is a British author, best known for her novel Frankenstein. As a widow, mother, philosopher, writer and ostracised political radical living in Victorian England, Shelley paved the path for forward-thinking women as she broke free from the Romantic and enlightenment ideals of her era. Frankenstein, a gothic and philosophical novel, narrates the consequences of a scientist who artificially creates a human being. A familiar monster in modern science fiction stories and films, Shelley’s Frankenstein changed the perception of what the writing of her time could look like. A figurehead of STEAM learning, her life, and her novel, perfectly combine science and the arts.

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Drone Heroes: They Fly Among Us

Drone Heroes: They Fly Among Us

How can we provide relief to unreachable areas, rescue people in perilous situations and save endangered species? With drones. Drones are the heroes of the technological age, coming to the rescue when a situation is too dangerous for humans to enter.

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Drones and Hands-On STEM Education

Drones and Hands-On STEM Education

Hands-on learning in the classroom is complicated, but the results of introducing hands-on learning strategies are distinct. Students who learn-by-doing are better, smarter learners.

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The Science of Roller Coasters

The Science of Roller Coasters

It doesn't matter if you’re a seasoned veteran or climbing in for the first time, roller coasters are a staple of summer. From your county fair to Coney Island, these amusement park rides have spent their life capturing the imagination of children across the globe. Whether it was the dread of having to wait another year before you were tall enough to ride or the nervous excitement of waiting for your chance to scream through each freefall, it’s safe to say that you probably have great memories of times spent strapped to a roller coaster.

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Drones Go to College: A Look at UAVs in Higher Education

Drones Go to College: A Look at UAVs in Higher Education

As drones begin to play a significant part in a more diverse range of industries, there is a higher demand for education-based programs that provide training for drone developers, engineers, pilots and technicians. Universities around the country are jumping to fill the need by instituting drone degrees and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) programs. From drone interest groups to masters degrees, these new learning pathways are paving the way for drone studies in higher education.

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Hacking for Change

Hacking for Change

What comes to mind when you hear the word “hacking”? Most of our public conversation about hackers surrounds incidents of technological takeover. We see hacked elections, cell phones or social media accounts. But hacking doesn’t have to be malicious or illegal. In fact, there are fleets of hackers helping solve problems in our governments and communities; these keyboard wizards are known as civic hackers.

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The Truth About Summer

The Truth About Summer "Break"

The end of the school year always holds so much promise. You think that as soon as you can spend your days outside of the classroom, it will be a summer full of long days by the pool, peaceful walks at sunset and hours of getting absorbed in your favorite book. Do your summer break expectations come close to reality? Take a look at this reality check!

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