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Do Your Students Think Like Programmers?

by Peter 11. May 2018 12:58

 

Intro to Computer Science

 

Intro to Computer Science

Computer Science is not just about writing complicated algorithms, it’s learning the thought process of breaking down problems into smaller, more manageable steps. Not every student needs to be a computer scientist, but all students should be exposed to the basics of computer science and computational thinking because it is a critical aspect of their future.

“Computer Science is more than a discipline for a few, but rather it is an essential 21st century literacy for all students.” Cornelia Connolly (B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D.)

In this module, students will explore the following:

What is computer science? • history of computers • how computers work • information & data • binary numbers  • logic statements & truth tables • software vs. hardware • the internet • basic programming • app design •  web development • computational thinking • cybersecurity • ethics & societal impacts • career planning

 

Learn why experts in the field believe

Computer Science should be taught at your school.

Contact your local Educational Consultant for more details.

877-243-8763

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ITEEA Program Excellence Award

by Peter 20. April 2018 08:39

 

ITEEA

Atlanta, GA – April 12, 2018: At the recent annual conference for the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA), 39 programs worldwide were recognized as winners of the prestigious Program Excellence Award for 2018.

Sponsored by ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology & Engineering Education classroom teachers on the elementary, middle and high school levels. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. Schools from all over the United States and around the world compete for this honor.

For details, visit ITEEA Program Excellence

 

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Technology Paves the Way to Future Learners

by Peter 9. January 2018 11:01

 

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What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

How does being exposed to technology pave the way to future careers?

"At Madison Park Middle School, students are learning by using and managing technology through Paxton/Patterson’s interactive multimedia program, while engaging in authentic problem-based learning. 1-to-1 technology, project-based learning, and group collaboration to build their ability to understand, apply, and analyze information.”

Click to watch video.

STEAM Program instructor, Jason Bruso, hopes his students will become highly skilled, successful and valuable members of the future workforce. “The more technology, the more skills and engineering you do, the more options you will have.”  His Paxton/Patterson lab provides just that.

Paxton/Patterson’s College & Career Ready Labs expose students to a wide range of knowledge and skills, encourage creativity and innovation, while exploring a variety of careers to help them figure out “What do I want to be when I grow up? 

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Got Grit? Self-Propelled Boat Engineer Does

by Peter 18. December 2017 08:27

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Hunter Wright, demonstrated that he’s Got Grit

Hunter had to overcome many challenges while engineering a self-propelled boat, at South Lee High School, with instructor, Martin Bryant. His 3D printed design did not completely print and leaked. The boat would shift to the right and motor mount modifications were required. A custom switch was needed for consistent electrical connection and the boat was dramatically off balance during testing.

Have you Got Grit? Enter the contest.

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New College and Career Ready Curriculum

by Peter 15. February 2017 04:43

Paxton/Patterson Learning


Introducing Eight New Modules

Ready to Integrate with Your Lab

 

INTRO TO CULINARY ARTS

The principles and fundamental techniques needed for basic food preparation/presentation and workplace operations in the restaurant, food and beverage industry.

Kitchen and food safety • kitchen tools and equipment • understanding recipes • measurement • food costing • plate presentation & garnishing • cooking methods • roles in a restaurant • front of house • back of house • restaurant types • menu planning • laws & regulations • customer service • green practices • sustainability • career planning

 

LIFETIME NUTRITION & WELLNESS

The principles of lifetime wellness and nutrition to establish an informed decision making process that promotes wellness throughout the life cycle.

MyPlate • dietary guidelines • nutrition principles • nutrients • dietary reference intake • life cycle & lifestyle nutrition • metabolism • the law of energy • dimensions of wellness • assessing fitness levels • digestive system • disease prevention • food detriments • nutrition & wellness fads • global wellness • career planning

 

DESIGN & MARKETING

The fundamental elements and principles of modern design with an emphasis on providing design solutions that meet marketing strategies from concept to completion.

Elements and principles of design • design vs. marketing • design & selling psychology • color theory in design • interior design • concept walls • design in fashion • economics • marketing vs. advertising • market research principles • demand analysis • marketing strategies • product design • pricing & distribution • advertising strategies • global marketing

 

PERSONAL FINANCE

An understanding of personal finance and how to function in the marketplace as a wise and thoughtful consumer and business owner.

Money & income • fixed vs. variable expenses • budgeting • goal setting • employment • wages & benefits • banking basics • roles within a bank • money management • lending • interest • risk management • insurance • personal vs. business taxes • financial planning • emergency funds • financial portfolios • savings & investments • the global economy & market • career planning

 

HOME MAINTENANCE FUNDAMENTALS

The fundamental skills and techniques required for home maintenance, repair and improvement.

Tools, terminology & safety • measurements • interior & exterior maintenance • basic repairs • prep & painting techniques • carpentry basics • home safety checklist • plumbing, electrical & HVAC basics • improving home efficiency • career planning

 

INTRO TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT

The principles of intellectual, physical and social /emotional development of children, while making a connection to careers in Child Development from infancy to adolescence.

Child development theories • principles of growth & development • newborns, toddlers, preschool & school-aged children • cognitive development • social-cultural influences • special needs • employment settings & qualifications • safety & sanitation procedures • staff & family relations • ethical & legal responsibilities • career planning

 

CAREGIVING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

The responsibilities of managing one’s healthcare with an emphasis on the role of care providers throughout the aging process.

Family dynamics & life cycle • family support systems • caregiving responsibilities • aging process • nutrition & wellness connection • geriatric care • empathy vs. sympathy • disability care • communication skills • services • support planning • monitoring & documentation • health & safety policies & procedures • abuse & neglect • career planning

 

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM MANAGEMENT

The management and entrepreneurial skills necessary to work in establishments related to the field of hospitality and tourism.

Tourism geography • customer service • business math • hospitality law • accounting • convention marketing • hotel reservation systems • industry sectors • management • travel agent • economics • operations • safety, sanitation & emergency procedures • event planning • career planning

 

Contact your local Educational Consultant for more details.

877-243-8763

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