How to build 64 pages of robots

Posted by Lacey O'Brien on September 24, 2018

Building a robot is a process. There’s prototyping, testing, and eventually a final product. In fact, its a lot like how we build our catalogs.

Our goal for the catalog project is always to build a top-notch catalog for you – the builders, makers, coaches, and educators. We also know the final design needs to fit within a page count that is a multiple of 16. We start with prototyping to decide where and how the products are displayed and what resources are included, all while watching that page count. Then we go into the testing phase, reviewing our first draft for errors, things that might not have worked as expected, or missing information. Like with any build process, we generally reiterate, making changes to what we identified. After retesting until we’ve met our goal, it’s off to production and then ultimately to your hands (or screen). 

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Topics: ROBOTICS, Camps, Technology, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning

STEM camps that ‘rocketed’ 2018

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 20, 2018

Recently, I wrote about a pretty awesome summer camp in St. Louis, Missouri, that used TETRIX® PRIMEBut it wasn’t just the robots having all the fun this summer. There were camps and workshops across the STEMosphere utilizing our hands-on, minds-on STEM products.

We have three educators who are totally excited to share their experiences and successes over the summer.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Camps, STEM, Professional Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning

What’s your teaching type? Find out here!

Posted by Pam Scifers on September 14, 2018

Let’s get personal, shall we? 

And since Im the one asking, I’ll volunteer to go first. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, Taurus (to a T), marketer, food nerd, home design student, sports enthusiast, dog-loving gal. In my role at Pitsco, I strive to create personalized, meaningful experiences that resonate with our teachers and make a difference in your classrooms and students’ lives. I’m a planner and strive for routine, but I find myself juggling, problem-solving, and reprioritizing my ever-growing to-do list every . . . single . . . day.

As an educator, I’m sure at least that last part sounds somewhat familiar.

Which brings us back to the personal part . . . what type of teacher are you?

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Giveaways, STEM, Resources, Teacher Development, Professional Development

3-2-1 . . . Launch! Sending robots to the moon with ROVER RUCKUS

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 10, 2018

Saturday was a big day in the world of robotics competitions. FIRST® released the 2018-19 season game details about the earlier announced ROVER RUCKUSSM. It’s already a big hit with FTCers! Because who wouldn’t want to go to the Moon?

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Topics: ROBOTICS, Collaborations, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Engineering, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics

The science of dogs: It’s more than puppy love

Posted by Jessica Born on August 24, 2018

Are you a dog person? Or are you a cat person? If you’re all about the wagging tail, wet nose, slobbers, paw prints, and excited barks, this is your post.

Forty-eight percent of all US households have a dog (APPA). Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend. But what makes them so lovable? As always, we’re digging into the science behind this subject as well as some interesting facts and stats about these fur balls.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Science, Trends