Coding in elementary: Tackling 21st-century needs begins with TagTiles®

Posted by Patty Cooke on March 25, 2019

Educators just make things happen. All of you use your resources, aren’t afraid of new things, and love nothing more than new ways to get students thinking and doing. And it’s no secret we aim to put engaging products and solutions in the hands of eager educators who use them to empower students. This is the essence of our daily work.

So, when we had the opportunity to pilot KUBO, a plug-and-learn robot for elementary students, into nine classrooms across the US, we jumped at it!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, STEM, Coding, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning

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

Big Book 2019: Free resources, new products, and inspiration for your classroom!

Posted by Anna Gudde on January 18, 2019

Ready to add some new and exciting to your classroom resources? YES.

Want free resources too? Y-E-S!

Well, we’re here to serve. The 2019 Big Book catalog has been officially released with new products and more resources at your fingertips!

We encourage you to take note of #ThisIsSTEM on the cover. If you follow us on social media, this might look familiar. It’s a hashtag we’ve been using for almost a year now to help redefine and celebrate STEM education.

Pitsco has always been a STEM company, but we also feel compelled to make sure we’re championing all that STEM really is. Yes, it’s science, technology, engineering, and math. But, it’s so much more. It’s the confidence a student builds when they finally nail a concept or skill. It’s when students work together and really figure out how beneficial collaboration can be. It’s helping students improve their problem-solving and communication skills through project-based learning. Those “soft skills” or 21st-century skills” that are trending right now – that’s what STEM is and can be.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, STEM, Resources, Coding, Activities, 21st Century Skills

Partners in your success: The latest in robotics and coding for your classroom

Posted by Pam Scifers on January 16, 2019

We’ve spent nearly 48 years curating, manufacturing, and supplying products and solutions that empower and support your efforts to bring hands-on, minds-on education to your students and classroom. We’re always thinking, making, and looking out for things that can make your experiences more effective and fun. This is why we are so excited to introduce you to products and kits from five of our partners.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ROBOTICS, Technology, Coding, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning