Measured for success

Posted by Preston Frazier on July 14, 2018

It seems like every day is a holiday these days, but we’re not complaining. Let’s take a look at a day that really measures up.

On July 14, 1868, a gentleman by the name of Albert J. Fellows of Connecticut revolutionized an item we keep in our toolbox with his patent for a spring-click tape measure (Wired). 

Rulers have been around since the days of the Romans, so Fellows isnt the inventor of the tape measure. And hes not even the originator of the steel spring measure; he improved Englishman James Chesterman’s steel band measuring chain, which was created in 1829 specifically for surveyors. The issues with Chestermans creation were its size and bulk, which also made it expensive. Fellows added a clip that kept the tape from retracting as well as a few other construction improvements, and the arrangement qualified him for his patent. So today’s tradesmen and craftsmen can thank Fellows for the modern tape measure.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Dragsters, Activities, Hands-on Learning

❤️s for robots and competition

Posted by Ruthie Muller on July 11, 2018

They say to do what makes your heart beat faster.

I’m not sure who “they” are, but if you ask most of the participants of Urban Search & Rescue, THEY would definitely agree.

Twenty-two states (plus Puerto Rico!), eight middle school teams, 22 high school teams, and five postsecondary teams attended SkillsUSA® nationals in Louisville, KY, June 25-29, all doing what makes their hearts beat faster – robotics and competition. 

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Topics: Middle School, High School, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics

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

National Guard helps mobilize robotics in Massachusetts

Posted by Cody White on February 23, 2018

This article originally appeared in the February-March 2018 issue of The Pitsco Network.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, Engineering, Coding, USAR

Persistence wins – with dragsters and in life

Posted by Admin on January 31, 2018

I was an industrial arts teacher in rural Missouri for many years. By nature, my classroom was hands on. But one of the most memorable and impactful programs we executed in class was to build and race CO2 dragsters. I discovered CO2 dragsters at the Four States Conference for Industrial Arts Teachers held at Pittsburg State University in the fall of 1976. Wow, that was a long time ago!

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Topics: Middle School, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Dragsters