Computer Science Education Week

It’s Computer Science Education Week!

Computer Science Education Week (CSEd Week) is celebrated from December 6th to December 12th this year. This celebration honors the crucial impact computer science has had on our society and education.

Computer science is a valuable subject for all students to learn; they learn first-hand experience with problem-solving tactics and analytical skills! The jobs in this particular field are only expected to grow in the next several years!

Computer Science Education Week has had exponential impact on the world of education and technology. Since its first creation by the tech giants of our society including Google, Intel, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a core component of CSEd Week—a literal “Hour of Code”—has reached 100 million hours across 167 countries!

Learn Programming with DEPCO!

In Programming Basics, DEPCO introduces students to the Kano Computer Kit which features the Raspberry Pi 3, a lightweight, powerful brain. Students use a uniquely designed operating system, Kano OS, as well as the Linux command line to complete programming techniques using the Scratch language and textual programming techniques using the Python language.

Click here to learn more about Programming Basics!

National Educational Support Professionals Day

American Education Week!

National Educational Support Professionals Day occurs annually on the Wednesday during American Education Week! This year, it falls on November 17th

This day was established to honor the education support professionals that tend to fall between the cracks when it comes to recognition and appreciation. The support professionals contribute a tremendous deal to public schools’ overall efficiency and well-being.

Educational support professionals (ESPs) are crucial to the impact of an effective learning environment. They also support students in a myriad of ways.

Education Support Professionals fall under nine services: clerical, custodial and maintenance, food, health and student, para-educators, security, skilled trades, technical, and transportation services.

Celebrate all of the wonderful people that make education great by spreading awareness of this day, thanking your local ESP, or assisting an ESP at your school!

American Education Week

American Education Week begins on November 15th!

This week honors all the amazing contributors to our education system and reminds us to keep persevering to make education even better with each passing moment. Educational growth requires contributions from an entire village of selfless individuals—including librarians, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, and everyone in-between.

American Education Week was originally celebrated December 4th-10th in 1921 after the American Legion and members of the National Education Association (NEA) discovered that the level of illiteracy in America was shocking.

This alarming revelation ignited the inspiration to create this special week-long event in order to raise awareness concerning the need for education and gather the necessary means to fund the education system.

American Education Week is the perfect time to express appreciation for education!

American Education Week has an exciting theme for each day!

Monday: It’s the official Kickoff Day for education excellence throughout our nation!

Tuesday: Family Day encourages parents to become an active participant in their children’s education.

Wednesday: Education Support Professionals Day celebrates the incredible individuals within the school support staff.

Thursday: Educator for a Day would normally mean inviting members of the community into the classroom to experience all the trials of teaching and sculpting young minds. However, this year NEA recommends participating in other ways such as having community leaders present a virtual presentation or allowing students to dress as their desired future career professional.

Friday: Substitute Educators Day advocates appreciation for substitute employees in the education community.

DEPCO & Metropolitan Community College

Stratasys 3D Printers

Stratasys is one of the most prominent leaders in 3D printing that strives for constant innovation within their technology.

Stratasys FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D printers offer unmatched versatility and proven performance with flexibility, repeatability, and efficiency in every fiber of design. FDM 3D printers offer their users unparalleled versatility to turn their CAD files into a variety of products. Their advanced technology works wonders with an assortment of materials to build strong, long-lasting creations.

The Stratasys F123 Series combines powerful FDM technology with design-to-print GrabCAD software for the most versatile and intelligent solution available. Produce highly accurate, reliable prototypes, student projects, production parts and more! Do it all without the need for dedicated expert staffing. Also, collaborate across classrooms, campuses and a variety of your academic programs!

Click here to learn more about Stratasys and DEPCO!

Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College (MCC), founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute, is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, Mo., and was the first community college established in Missouri. The Junior College of Kansas City, as it was known starting in 1919, was one of the first schools in the country to award an associate degree. Today, MCC offers 125 associate degree and certificate programs.

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DEPCO & MCC                                                

DEPCO was given the opportunity to provide state-of-the-art technology for MCC’s recent addition—the Engineering Technology building—adjoined to the Anna & Kemper Carter for Visual Arts and Imaging Technology (Carter Art Center).

The addition of Stratasys F370 printer allows even more room for growth and creativity within the prosperous walls of MCC’s advanced computer lab. MCC provides students with the essential tools to fully develop their ideas into innovative pieces!

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National STEM/STEAM Day!

November 8th is National STEM/STEAM Day!

STEM/STEAM programs consist of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics skills. It encompasses a whole spectrum of knowledge to benefit students in their future careers. These programs and classes are especially interactive and engaging in order to teach students in the most effective manner!

A Brief Historical Glance at STEM/STEAM

AP (Advanced Placement) courses such as AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Physics were introduced in 1956 by The College Board for advanced high-school students.  

In 1969, humanity took a giant leap when Apollo 11 carried three U.S. astronauts to the moon. This historical feat inspired many to chase after their own dreams in the field of science.

A movement known as the “Physics First” began to grow in 1990. Teachers and scientists started pushing to teach physics instead of biology in ninth grade.


DEPCO has developed some of the leading educational curriculum for K-12 and post-secondary schools! Module types range from Cardiac Diagnostics to Engineering Design with everything in between!

Click here to explore DEPCO’s module titles!

DEPCO also provides a plethora of STEAM kits readily available for selection! DEPCO is proudly partnered with the top names in education, technology, and development. Theses kits teach students in a fun and stimulating environment with hands-on activities!

Click here to view our wide variety of STEAM Kits!

National Brush Day

National Brush Day is celebrated right after Halloween! Sugary treats are the number one leading cause of tooth decay! We want students to enjoy the blissful sweets of life; however, oral health is extremely vital to a healthy lifestyle and a happy childhood.

There are several fun and engaging ways to show your students that brushing doesn’t have to be a tedious activity! Manufacturer, educators, and schools have all contributed to the production and education of dental health while adding entertaining and whimsical features.

Around 3000 BC, toothbrushes first appeared as “chew sticks” which acted as crude toothbrushes for the ancient Egyptians.

In 1927, the invention of the electric toothbrush sprang forth in the United States by the Electro Massage Tooth Brush Company!

In the 1990s, manufacturers began implementing songs that lasted two minutes in their toothbrushes.

Learn more about children’s oral health here!

Explore the Importance of Dental Practices!

In DEPCO’s Dental Practices curriculum, students are guided through many dental diagnostic procedures. Students study dental anatomy and physiology, follow universal precautions employed in the dental field, and implement communication and subjective evaluation techniques while addressing clients. Activities include dental charting, dental hygiene assessment, plaque assessments, dental radiography, creating dental impressions, and performing dental bacteria cultures.

Click here to learn more about Dental Practices!

National Black Cat Day

October 27th is National Black Cat Day!

Halloween is slowly creeping up, and what better way to prepare for it than to recognize one of the most iconic symbols—the black cat.

In the United States, black cats have always been associated with a menacing aura and bad fortune. Black cats were commonly portrayed as familiars for witches everywhere which led to the unfortunate reputation; however, these suspicions began to subside with time, but black cats still experience lower adoption rates than other cats.

These midnight-colored creatures were simply the unlucky target of human folly.

National Black Cat Day was started by an animal charity group in the U.K. called Cats Protection in order to raise awareness for these precious felines.

Black cats are not considered harbingers of misfortune in every country—Great Britain and Japan consider these lovely animals quite lucky.

Interested in a Career with Animals?

In DEPCO’s Veterinary Science CPU, students explore the variety of careers available in the animal health care field. Students discover a wide range of skills and procedures from basic animal care and first aid to surgical procedures, suturing, and CPR. By using realistic trainers, students practice and explore many of the common skills used in the veterinary environment. These models provide hands-on experience in veterinary skills such as restraining for venipuncture and muzzling.

Click here to learn more about Veterinary Science!

International Chef’s Day!

October 20th celebrates International Chef’s Day!

International Chef’s Day celebrates the masters of culinary arts and promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This delectable day has a theme every year—2021’s theme is ‘Healthy Food for the Future’—and this year’s theme is mainly focused on sustainability and securing a healthy environment for the future generation.

International Chef’s Day was founded by Dr. Bill Gallagher. Dr. Gallagher was a former president of the World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldchefs), and a beloved master chef.

Food is a basic human necessity; however, the culinary arts have elevated this field to an area of discovery and creativity. Food plays such an essential role in our society, especially in today’s food-enthused environment of celebrity chefs and food trucks.

The type of foods we intake daily has a huge impact on our overall health; It’s extremely crucial to be mindful of the foods we eat and prepare for our loved ones. Celebrate chefs all over the world and throughout history by cooking a healthy meal today!

Become Immersed in the Culinary Arts with DEPCO

In DEPCO’s Culinary Arts curriculum, students learn how to weigh and measure food, how to properly prepare the food and then present the food in an interesting way. By using equipment and techniques similar to those used by actual culinary artists, students follow recipes to create simple foods that introduces them to this exciting field. Students also apply weighing and measuring skills, safety and sanitation guidelines, and creativity to the completion of recipes for quesadillas, cookies, soup, and even a basic oil and vinegar dressing.

Click here to learn more about Culinary Arts!

National Health Education Week

National Health Education Week (NHEW) was created in 1995 and annually falls on the third week of October. NHEW promotes the importance of health education in a variety of areas: physical, mental, emotional, and social health.

This week-long campaign endeavors to raise awareness of the vital impact health education has on our society. The most essentials components of this week are to promote health education and to improve people’s health all over the world.

Prevention is an essential element in the fight against premature deaths, disabilities, and immense financial burden. Educating people across the globe can increase the likelihood of a healthy and prosperous future within different communities.

Celebrate National Health Education Week by acquiring new knowledge on the matter, acknowledging the importance of health care educators, or promoting excellent health on a passionate topic!

NHEW is sponsored by The Society for Public Health Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

DEPCO has several curricula that promotes and educates on many aspects of health education!

In the DEPCO’s Cardiac Diagnostics CPU curriculum, students will examine anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, focusing on the heart and its properties. Students will practice aseptic procedures while taking basic vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. Students will explore how various diagnostic procedures are performed. They will also learn basic interpretation of abnormal anatomy in CT scans using the Cardiac CT software and EKGs.

Click here to learn more about Cardiac Diagnostic!

In DEPCO’s Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition curriculum, it teaches students about the science of food production and processing, basic nutrition concepts, and dietetics. Real-world experiences and techniques pertaining to food science are found in the activities of the dehydration of fruits and vegetables, observing microscopic cultures, and using software to analyze ingredients of common foods consumed by teens. Through such activities, students learn about food preservation, food safety, microorganism growth, food nutrition labels, and what the future of food science holds. The process of thermodynamics is also discussed as students learn how to make ice cream by following a simple recipe.

Click here to learn more about Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition!

National Stop Bullying Day!

National Stop Bullying Day falls on the second Wednesday in October!

It’s designed to help in the prevention of bullying in schools. Children, educators, and parents all need to be aware of every aspect of possible bullying when it comes to young children.

Bullying comes in many shapes and forms, and it can cause long-lasting harm on young minds. Today is the perfect time to educate yourself on the best bullying prevention options available and learn more about the issue.

While bullying has been pervasive in schools for years, the problem only began to be researched in the 1970s by Dr. Dan Olweus, a Norwegian psychologist.

Dr. Olweus assisted with anti-bullying efforts by creating a bullying prevention program in response to the tragic suicide of three boys who were bullied in 1983.

Nowadays, several more anti-bullying programs and organizations have been developed; however, it does not mean the issue is fixed by any means. We have to keep striving for a better present and future for our children.

STOMP is the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization!

The National Bullying Prevention Center is also a great resource for students, educators, and parents!

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