Blog Posts

The future is Fusion: Your next-gen dragster blank

Posted by Corinne Pachl on February 09, 2022

The world of education has evolved significantly over the years, yet Pitsco’s CO2 dragsters have remained a constant since the 1970s. Since its beginning, Pitsco’s dragster assortment has always offered two types of wooden blanks: balsa and basswood.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Competitions, STEM, TSA, Dragsters, Activities, Drafting

Philadelphia’s Urban Youth Racing School helps students Build A Dream

Posted by Cody White on November 11, 2021

Since its founding in 1998, the Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) in Philadelphia has earned a fair amount of publicity for the spectacular opportunities it offers to inner-city students. Sneak a peek during the school’s Build A Dream summer program, and you are likely to see students learning about engines, designing cars, and racing go-karts as part of a simulated racing team.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Science, STEM, Dragsters, Engineering, Careers, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art

Ready, Set, STEM! The science of dragsters

Posted by Molly Underwood on June 22, 2021

We’re heading down the fast lane and talking about CO2 dragsters. Dragsters are a favorite here at Pitsco, not only because they were one of our early products, but also because they are engaging and exciting for students of all ages! Zoom into the science of speed and see what it takes to get to the finish line!

Keep reading for a look at our history and an iconic giveaway!  

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Dragsters, Activities, Drafting, Hands-on Learning

Dragster competitions: Making it to the starting gate

Posted by Preston Frazier on December 14, 2018

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” – Howard Cosell

Fun. Exhilaration. Adrenaline. Victory. Defeat. These are a few words that describe competition. Whether you’re aware of it or not, competition is happening around you every day, and it’s human nature to want to compete in some form or fashion – not only in sports, music, and work, but in everyday life.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, TSA, Dragsters, Engineering, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning

CO2 dragster competition puts employability skills at the finish line

Posted by Jessica Born on October 05, 2018

Think back to middle and high school. Were you a part of a club or two? Or maybe you were involved in basically everything that was offered? Have you ever reflected back to the time you spent in those organizations and the impact that experience had on your education and future? Maybe it was insignificant or incidental. But, maybe, the experience was pivotal to the person you became or to a career interest decision you made.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Collaborations, STEM, TSA, Dragsters, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning