Digital skills are employability skills

Posted by Jessica Born on February 19, 2019

There’s a lot of buzz about employability skills these days. We at Pitsco are talking a lot about them too. So, what does it take to be employable? Education and industry have indicated we want today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders to have the capacity for or to possess skills in:

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Trends, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, innovate

National Inventors’ Day: A day for creating

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 11, 2019

February 11 is National Inventors’ Day, a day to honor inventors of all kinds. But more than anything it’s a day to celebrate ingenuity. We’re surrounded by products, processes, and inventions that started as an idea – usually an attempt to solve a problem – and ended as something that makes our lives better in one way or another. National Inventors’ Day celebrates the creative genius in all of us.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, STEM, Future Ready, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, innovate

Move over R/C, there is a new way to control a robot!

Posted by Lacey O’Brien on January 31, 2019

It’s here, it’s finally here! With the delivery of the 2019 Big Book, Pitsco and TETRIX® Robotics released the much-anticipated TETRIX Tele-Op Control Module. The module connects to a TETRIX PRIZM® Robotics Controller and allows for remote control operation of your robot via Bluetooth. In layman’s terms (yep, this one is for me 😊), it serves as the go-between for transferring code from your PRIZM to the SONY PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 controller and its many buttons.

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Topics: ROBOTICS, News, Technology, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills

Texas educator on a mission to discover every kid’s genius

Posted by Tom Farmer on January 26, 2019

Last fall, we released our first ever teaching type personality quiz. We featured five general teaching types that we believe encompass educators you’d find in today’s classrooms: the Merry Maker, the Inspiring Innovator, the Prudent Planner, the Technology Trailblazer, and the Coordinator of Chaos.

Matthew Way, educator at Sweeny Elementary School, in Sweeny, TX, is the walking definition of a Coordinator of Chaos teaching type. In summer 2017, Way volunteered to run the new Pitsco Education STREAM lab. He sees more than 1,000 K-5 students in his STREAM lab each year. K-2 students experience whole-class STEM Units for 30 minutes each week during the school year, and students in Grades 3-5 explore the rotational STREAM Missions for one hour every third day for a semester.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Missions, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

FIRST® Tech Challenge teams: We’re here for you!

Posted by Preston Frazier on January 22, 2019

They say this time of year is for professional football and college basketball. Depending on your favorite team, this might be the case. However, as one of Pitsco’s educational consultants, I beg to differ. This is the time of year for gears, motors, beams, channels, and wheels!

FIRST® Tech Challenge season is in full swing, and many teams are deeply entrenched in the engineering design process, making modifications and slight adjustments to their already robust robots. If you remember from my travels to Minnesota, this year’s competition takes teams to the Moon in an out-of-this-world competition.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics