Blog Posts

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

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

Hamburgers: Exploring the basics of burgers, grilling, and STEM

Posted by Jessica Born on May 28, 2021

National Hamburger Day is May 28. National Today has some history and fun fast facts including that American cheese is the predictable favorite topper and that Kansas-based White Castle was the first major burger chain. You’ve also likely seen the stat that McDonald’s has served billions of burgers to date (estimates are hitting about 300 billion!!). Adding to their impact, apparently “worldwide, McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers per second!” (Parade). We love trivia and history, but let’s just get to the meat of this subject – how STEM can help you make the best burger.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning

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