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Your Journey to a Magnificent Makerspace

Your makerspace could have the most advanced and cutting-edge technologies and educational tools, but without housing them in a safe, strategic and easy-to-use way, your learners will never be able to use them to their full potential. As Captain of Creativity, your goal should be to organize a space that is conducive to innovation, imagination and design, one that flows freely between concept and execution. It’s a big job, but with these organization tips, you’ll be one step closer to maximizing your environment’s encouragement of organic creativity and discovery!  Read more

Building BrickLAB Bridges with Sonia Galaviz

Earlier this month, PCS Edventures had the pleasure of meeting with Ms. Sonia Galaviz, a 5th grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School who's been busy making a name for herself in the education world. In 2009, she was named Idaho Woman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review, and in 2011, she was one of five educators nationally chosen to receive Teaching Tolerance’s award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and this year, Galaviz’s devotion to her students has again been recognized.Read more

What Will a Classroom Look Like in 2026?

Recently, the American Institutes of Research (AIR) released a 73-page report regarding the need for innovation in STEM education. This timely report details the issues and complexities of educating students in the 21st century and how these challenges can be addressed through STEM learning. A careful look at STEM 2026 reveals a vision of education very different from the rote recall and isolated textbook learning that’s defined science classrooms for generations.Read more

Self Driving Cars and the Need for STEAM Education

While new technology typically excites and generates interest, there are some leaps forward that leave individuals skeptical, questioning either the relevance of the invention or even the advisability of its usage in terms of ensuring overall public safety. Such has been the case with the development of the autonomous car. Uber, which recently unveiled its design of the driving pilot, is rivals with the company Lyft, an organization that has been allocating funds to researching and projecting the widespread incorporation of self-driving cars. In January of this year, Lyft announced that its design of self-manned vehicles would be available to the average citizen for use beginning next year, vehicles that will be able to drive along fixed routes safely navigated (presumably) by the car’s installed technology.Read more