By Molly Underwood / July 17, 2020

Your summer just got better: Come code with us!

Coding is more than just numbers or words on a screen, it’s what helps students learn how to problem-solve, think differently, and get creative. It’s not just learning how to follow a set of instructions but rather learning that failure is an opportunity to succeed. Computer programming is the future. And, as many things in our everyday lives become dependent on digital technology, the demand for coding skills increases.

While we have all been trying to maneuver our new normal, we here at Pitsco have worked to support learning however we can. We know learning isn’t just in the classroom, it can happen anywhere and everywhere! And, this summer we are doing just that with code!

Create ‘GOOD’ This Summer

We are calling all the do-gooders and creative enthusiasts for the ultimate summer competition! Pitsco Education is teaming up with Arduino Education to bring the Code for Good Challenge

We want the next generation to create a change that they want to see! Whether this is in the area of health care, sustainability, access to technology, or clean water, we want to challenge students to code for good today to create a brighter future tomorrow.

  • What’s the goal?
    • Teams will select a challenge they are interested in and create a potential solution that alleviates some aspect of the problem at hand. Let your imagination run wild and be creative! 
    • Consider a solution that will positively impact society! Check out these examples: 
  • What makes a team?
    • A team is made up of an adult coach, parent, or mentor and one or more students ages 13-18. Students can compete solo but will need an adult who is 18+ for the submission process.
  • What do I need?
    • Participants must use Arduino electronics in conjunction with any household items to create their solution. (Check out our recommended materials.) Yes, you can use ANYTHING around your house! 
  • How can I enter?
    • Entry is simple! Teams or individuals will create a video that shows their solution working along with an explanation of how it works and the problem it solves. 
    • The team mentor, parent, or coach must submit the entry for review here! Be sure to tag Pitsco Education and Arduino Education in your video entry on social media using #ArdunioCodeforGood.
  • But, are there prizes?
    • What’s a competition without a prize? We have one-of-a-kind prize packages for the grand prize winner, first runner-up, second runner-up, and third runner-up! And, anyone who participates gets an “I Code For Good” sticker. It’s a win-win!
Grab your tools and start inventing! Whether you like to code for fun, for interest, for learning, or for change – this summer, join us as we #CodeForGood! We can’t wait to see what you make. 

Let’s Program Learning Together

Learning code is literally learning a new language! And teaching it, well, that’s a challenge you shouldn’t have to overcome whether you’re a teacher or a parent. That’s why recently we’ve been working with our partners to curate a special assortment of code-at-home products and resources just for YOU! Code @ Home is here to help support parents, teachers, and students to keep learning while school is out!

From code kits to resources to tutorials to webinars – we have you covered! Explore these coding products that are designed to take a weight off your shoulders while giving kids the tools needed to learn or grow their coding skills:  

  • KUBO Robotics (Grades K-5) – Learning to code in a new way!
    • Coding is as easy as 1-2-3 with KUBO. KUBO is a screen-free coding solution that comes supported with a wide array of video tutorials, webinars, and remote learning resources! And, if you don’t want to wait – start learning to code with KUBO PLAY!, an online coding game with no additional hardware needed! 
  • Code Cube™ (Grades 3-5) – Code at home with code you can wear!
    • Get coding with this wearable, beginner-friendly device! Code Cube allows students to bring out their creativity and artistic abilities while also learning the scientific mathematical side of code. Plus, we’ve got all the resources you need to get coding in no time flat!   
  • Smart Buddies™ (Grades 3-5) – No school? No problem!
    • Smart Buddies was designed so that all children can see themselves in STEM. We’ve recently created the Smart Buddies at Home program to bring distance coding and learning to life! Make learning at home exciting and easy with the remote learning resources and 20-minute webinars with coding instructions and projects! 
  • Arduino Education (Grades 6-12 and beyond) – Helping students learn electronics and coding at home!
    • Get started making and learning with Arduino! Explore live Q&A sessions, video tutorials, homeschooling guides, and digital tools that help teach electronics and coding at home. After you’ve mastered the simple circuits and inventions, then build it, hack it, and share it! 
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AND, to continue to support learners everywhere, we are giving away products each week! Follow the link below to get your entry in! 

We love getting to work beside you to beat boredom and thrive in any learning environment! We can‘t wait to see what you code, make, or invent!

Ready! Set! Code! 

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TOPICS: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Giveaways, STEM, Resources, Coding, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math, innovate

Molly Underwood

Written by Molly Underwood

Hey all! I’m new to the Pitsco family. After interning a while, I started as a full-time Marketing Specialist. Days are busy assisting with digital marketing projects and anything else needed around the department. I knew marketing would be a great fit for me, as I love to share my passions with anyone who will listen. I recently graduated from Kansas State University (GO CATS!) and moved to a farm that has given me a lot of new experiences. Now my downtime is spent renovating me and and my husband’s new home, road-tripping, and being a foodie.