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Chess in education: Get a program started in your school or classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on July 13, 2021

The popularity of chess has grown exponentially since the start of the pandemic. Makes sense, right? The game only takes two people to play, and, although it has a social aspect, the online versions are generally easy to use. By playing chess, almost anyone can learn critical-thinking, problem-solving, and abstract-reasoning skills at some level. And inventiveness can overcome any boundaries of accessibility.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

Gardening made easy: Introducing CropBot

Posted by Aaron Locke on June 24, 2021

It was the spring of 2020, and my family was getting tired of being cooped up in the house together during the pandemic. Our three kids were in the midst of their remote learning adventures at home and I had set up a workstation out in the garage. As the temperatures warmed from the cold winter, I was looking forward to getting out of the house and doing some gardening.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Science, Technology, Engineering, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, innovate

Teacher Insider: 5 steps to planning a STEM summer camp

Posted by Molly Underwood on May 26, 2021

Summer is approaching and we are pumped! We at Pitsco love summer not just because of the weather and all the fun things to do during this time, but because it means summer programs and camps! STEM camps, robotics camps, coding camps, you name it – we are here for them.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Camps, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Teacher Development, Coding, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Math

Teaming up with STEM: How sports and learning connect

Posted by Molly Underwood on April 16, 2021

Movies and TV shows portray the stereotype of jocks and nerds as people who are completely different and share nothing in common. But this cliché is far from the truth! Brainpower and physical power go hand in hand – the subjects we learn in the classroom connect with the sports we watch and compete in.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Science, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, Math

World Backup Day: Understanding cloud computing

Posted by Deidre Galloway on March 29, 2021

At the beginning of April, we celebrate April Fools’ Day, but, on March 31, there’s a little-known holiday called World Backup Day. It’s a good reminder to back up your computer before any pranksters accidentally destroy your data or – even worse – your computer!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Culture, Technology, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Workforce Development