Pitsco Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) embraces hands-on learning

Posted by Patty Cooke on January 16, 2020

It’s 2020! New year, new goals, new opportunities. That might seem like the same ol’ song and dance, but not a chance. I’m really excited to be working more closely with our new Pitsco Teacher Advisory Group (TAG). We have begun engaging with this year’s TAG members, and I can already tell it’s going to be a great year with this group!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, Teacher Resources, Teacher Development, Hands-on Learning

Static electricity – this might shock you

Posted by Deidre Galloway on January 09, 2020

We’re all familiar with the static cling when we forget to put the dryer sheet in the dryer, especially during the winter season. Or maybe you’ve gotten shocked as you touch a door handle or pet your dog. These shocking experiences are due to static electricity, which is a buildup of electric charges. Winter is a great time to learn about static electricity because the air tends to be drier along with our skin and hair. There are many simple experiments you can do with students or children in your life to connect everyday experiences to science.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics

Bring the winter fun into your classroom!

Posted by Paige Bowman on December 16, 2019

It’s winter! At least . . . almost. Maybe you’re knee-deep in snow where you live, but it’s not been snowing much here in Kansas yet. That also means we’re stretching closer to the end of school year. The final stretch is in! But there’s no reason we can’t pretend it’s a winter wonderland and celebrate the holiday season as it comes in full swing! Here are some ideas to bring together excitement for the winter holidays and education for all types of learners.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Resources, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate

Coding for all: Using KUBO in the special education classroom

Posted by Admin on December 14, 2019

Blog written by: Dana Cochran, special education teacher

“It’s a robot dating show, Mrs. Cochran!” my student shouted from the floor while smiling and giggling. 

“Look! Ours both met at the flagpole,” her classmate said excitedly.

My special needs students, ages 10-11, had been working on coding KUBO for about a week. They had learned functions and subroutines. (We hadn’t even gotten to loops, yet.) Everyone was engaged, active, and, most importantly, having fun.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, STEM, Coding, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Wearable tech: Code Cube™ is here!

Posted by Deidre Galloway on December 13, 2019

In November, Pitsco held the official launch party for our new proprietary coding product, Code Cube. Code Cube is a wearable tech learning tool that offers teachers and students a true coding experience not based around a robot. Students can program the 64-pixel LED screen using block-based programming to create unique images, animations, and patterns. With the built-in accelerometer and sound output, students can design programs that play sounds or change sounds as they change position.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Resources, STEM Units, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM