Top 10 spring and summer activities

Posted by Patty Cooke on April 05, 2018

As we dive deeper into spring – and look forward to summer – we prepare for the upcoming changes.

The warmer months ahead can mean many things, both good and, well, not as good. Better weather usually means more outdoor activities such as summer camps, but the extended time out of school can mean bored kids and a learning slide teachers fight against the rest of the year.

But spring fever doesn’t have to equal a lack of learning, and summertime doesn’t have to mean boredom. If you want to keep the learning going and keep students engaged, there are several things you can do.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Camps, Makerspaces, STEM, Dragsters, Coding, STEM Units

Planting seeds with robotics

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 29, 2017

Summertime is here!! And, things are starting to heat up! Pardon the pun, but really . . . the temperature is rising and so are the opportunities for some outdoor activities such as swimming, baseball, cookouts, and gardening.

But being outside doesn't mean we have to leave STEM and robotics inside. I'm new to the Pitsco family and have been spending a good amount of time exploring our products and tinkering with TETRIX®. So, I decided to try my hand at developing a robot that can be helpful in the world of green thumbs, lawn gnomes, and gardening.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Camps

4 ways to STEM this summer

Posted by Admin on June 27, 2017

Summer is upon us! Alice Cooper has been blared, lockers and desks have been cleared out, and summer break has begun, but that doesn’t mean that learning must stop. The summer is a great time to do numerous STEM activities outside, so slather on some sunscreen and start learning outside with two activities that don’t require any products and another two activities centered around Pitsco products.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Camps

Top tips for planning a STEM summer camp

Posted by PJ Graham on May 16, 2017
Summer camp has been part of young peoples’ lives for decades, where they create memories, build camaraderie, and learn skills that they carry with them for life. But today, summer camp doesn’t have to be about camping as there are many different camps available – and STEM-focused camps continue to gain popularity!

While STEM camps have amazing learning potential and can broaden students’ horizons, they must be fun and engaging to compete with carefree fun and play in the sunshine. 
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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Camps

Hold a classroom sized tractor pull

Posted by Melissa Karsten on March 01, 2017

Ear protection is usually a must for most tractor pulls, but not long ago Pitsco changed that with the release of a classroom sized version, the Sled Pull Challenge Kit.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Camps