I was wondering . . . Big questions and big conversations: SEL Contest

Posted by Jessica Born on November 21, 2019

We’re all about preparing students for the world they will live in. Developing skills for school, work, and life through hands-on learning has been our core since Pitsco’s inception. For today’s learners, social and emotional learning, along with skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, play a crucial role in 21st-century education. We’re proud to support the I Was Wondering contest from Red T Media, an initiative that also shares in our mission to help young minds learn how to think, instead of just what to think.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Giveaways, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Contest

National Techies Day: Definitely a reason to celebrate

Posted by Preston Frazier on October 03, 2019

“Technology makes the world a new place.”
 – Shoshana Zuboff

Yes . . . we’re celebrating another holiday. This one might be a little obscure, but it’s worth recognizing. October 3 is National Techies Day. Per Merriam-Webster, a “techie is a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology.” One would naturally assume that National Techies Day is all about those who love smartphones, smart watches, smart homes, and anything else deemed smart. And that’s true to some degree, but there’s also another aspect of it that is even cooler than the latest tech – promoting technology-based careers to today’s learners and future workforce. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Technology, Careers, Coding, Professional Development, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills

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

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

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