FIRST® things first: Are you ready?

Posted by Preston Frazier on April 13, 2019

Top 7 things you need for FIRST® Champ

“Remember, if you fail to prepare you are preparing to fail.”
– H. K. Williams

Will you be traveling soon to the FIRST Championship in either Houston (April 17-20) or Detroit (April 24-27)? You might be a spectator watching from afar or a fan sitting in the stands supporting your favorite robotics team. But even more exciting, you might be on one of the competing FIRST Tech Challenge teams that has made it all this way. If so, congratulations! That’s something to celebrate.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Social and emotional learning, TETRIX Robotics

Makers > Inventors > Earthshakers

Posted by Anna Gudde on March 20, 2019

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it – and that cannot be more true today than it ever was.” – Alan Kay

How do we truly prepare our students for a future that we can’t predict? One way is to foster maker minds at an early age and provide opportunities for students to create, fail, and try again, prepping them to persevere. This process also shows that failure doesn’t define students but instead opens the door to better solutions. It’s a learning experience, right? Let’s take our students out of the in-the-box thinking and get them tinkering!



Not sure where to begin? Whether you’re building your own makerspace from the ground up, restocking materials, or looking for furniture specifically designed for collaborating, we have you covered. More specifically, the Pitsco Maker Space catalog has you covered! Haven’t seen one hit your mailbox? Check out our digital catalog or request a print copy today. Let’s get started making!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Makerspaces, STEM, Hands-on Learning, innovate

STEM, coding, and robotics camp ideas: Activities for all ages

Posted by Preston Frazier on March 13, 2019

For much of the country, it feels like winter is still in the forecast. That can be discouraging and even disappointing for some. It even seems like the groundhog got it wrong this year. However, we know as calendar days tick by, spring and summer are right around the corner. And with more sunshine and better conditions in sight, that means outdoor activities and camps are on the horizon.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Camps, STEM, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning

The proof is in the wording: Celebrating proofreading!

Posted by Corinne Pachl on March 06, 2019

When you hear the word proofreading, you probably have flashbacks to writing essays in middle school English class or stumbling through reading your essay aloud. Maybe you think about how more people on social media should proofread their own posts more often. I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people associate proofreading with spell-check and nothing more. But there’s so much more to it, including its own holiday! National Proofreading Day is on Friday, March 8. It's probably not a coincidence that National Grammar Day falls within the same week (March 4). Our Pitsco Editing department is celebrating big this week!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Culture, Trends, Careers, Coding

Hands-on learning at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum proves STEM has no limits

Posted by Cody White on January 14, 2019

STEM is well known as an outside-the-box approach to classroom learning. But increasingly it’s becoming an outside-the-classroom phenomenon as well. The old adage that it takes a village has never been more true, and businesses, universities, libraries, and other organizations have been standing up to provide high-quality STEM education alongside schools.

Museums are another type of organization keenly suited to bringing educational value to a community in this way. A quick virtual tour of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas, shows exactly why this is so.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Makerspace, Culture, Science, STEM, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning