Amazing teams. Creative bots. Inspiring competition in Illinois.

Posted by Preston Frazier on March 16, 2018

As one of Pitsco’s educational consultants, I work with a region of the US and assist with varied educational initiatives for schools. But one of the best parts of our work is when we get to be in schools or at events, meeting with students, educators, mentors, and volunteers.

At the end of February, I had the privilege of going to my first FIRST® Tech Challenge state championship after receiving a gracious invitation from the affiliate partner for the state of Illinois.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, Technology, STEM

Pitsco, your classroom certificate of authenticity

Posted by David Meador on February 05, 2018

We’ve all seen the signs on various retail outlets: “Authentic Mexican Food” or “Authentic (Insert Team Name) Sports Merchandise.” Perhaps youve purchased something online that came with a certificate of authenticity. No matter how you encounter the word authentic, you have an understanding that the item in question is the real thing.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, Collaborations, Missions, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning

Four quarters, four robots, & a lot of fun!

Posted by Preston Frazier on December 08, 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is quickly coming to a close and the holidays are upon us! During this time of year, it is often customary to look back at what has been accomplished in the past months. So, we’re going to do that in this post. In late summer, we shared with you a garden bot that I built. If you’ll remember, I had joined the Pitsco team in April and wanted to try my hand at creating a unique TETRIX® robot to help increase my familiarity with the product and to test my skills. It was a fun experience resulting in a pretty awesome garden bot!

In that same vein, my colleagues and I have been collaborating to build a roboteveryquarter using TETRIX parts, other Pitsco products, an assortment of other items, and even some 3-D-printed parts. Our creativejuices have been flowing,andwe’ve come up with some fun and innovativeideas.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Collaborations, Technology, STEM

The Social Network: Let us give you a hand with that!

Posted by Jessica Born on November 17, 2017

With all the demands you face as a teacher, every second counts. Efficiency and effectiveness are necessary. Plus, it’s a digital world, so you must stay current. Let us help – here are some popular digital resources to check out. We are all about getting hands on, minds on, and making your classroom life and teacher life better!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, Collaborations

TAG, you’re it! Apply now for our Teacher Advisory Group

Posted by Stephanie Manes on October 17, 2017

Are you passionate about hands-on education? Are you interested in getting your hands on the latest robotics technology before it even hits the market? Do you like the idea of using your classroom expertise to shape products that will be used by educators around the globe? Are you active with colleagues, peers, and education organizations on Twitter or Facebook?

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Makerspaces, Collaborations