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

Incredible teamwork. Flying drones. Exciting competition in Arkansas.

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 10, 2021

As one of Pitsco’s educational consultants, I work with the Midwest region of the US and help with different educational initiatives in schools. One of the best parts of my job is when I get to be in schools or at events, meeting with students and educators. Over the past year, there not been any opportunities to visit with all the amazing students and teachers. However, recently that has changed.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, High School, Competitions, Technology, Careers, USAR, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Escape the classroom! Create your own escape room

Posted by Melissa Karsten on May 14, 2021

Have you ever done an escape room? There are so many opportunities to participate in this kind of experience now. But it doesn’t just have to be a weekend or vacation adventure. Talk about a great option for learning!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math, innovate

Big news for little learners – The 2021 Little Book is here

Posted by Admin on April 21, 2021

Ever heard the saying, “Good things come in small packages”? Well, in this case, great things are in the littlest catalog Pitsco has ever produced – because it contains products for the littlest users we’ve ever served! The inaugural Little Book was launched at the beginning of April, and, with a plethora of hands-on learning products, the book also relays a fresh and fun way to introduce our new solutions that reach pre-K to Grade 2 students.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, STEM, Trends, Resources, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Inquiry-based Learning

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