Robotics: Steering toward autonomy

Posted by Preston Frazier on May 31, 2019

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
– John F. Kennedy

Close your eyes and imagine a world without a steering wheel. Would you consider that world chaotic, or would you consider it absolute paradise? Maybe a world without a steering wheel is something you believe you’d see only in a science fiction novel. Whatever you feel, a world without a steering wheel could be closer than you think.

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

The telephone: Evolving communication

Posted by Tommy Ly on April 25, 2019

Greek legend has it that when the town of Marathon was invaded by the Persians many, many centuries ago, they outnumbered the Greeks four to one (Awesomestories.com). A soldier named Pheidippides ran 150 miles to ask the Spartans for help, only to be turned down. He ran back to the front lines, where he battled victoriously. He then ran a final 25 miles to Athens to utter “chairete, nikomen,” translated as “hail, we are the winners,” and then he died from exhaustion (Ridetothehills.wordpress.com). Coincidentally, the source of the word telephone’s etymology is Greek, meaning a far sound or voice. If anyone could have used a far voice, it was Pheidippides. April 25 marks National Telephone Day, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come with our “far voice.”

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Technology, innovate

Makers > Inventors > Earthshakers

Posted by Anna Gudde on March 20, 2019

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it – and that cannot be more true today than it ever was.” – Alan Kay

How do we truly prepare our students for a future that we can’t predict? One way is to foster maker minds at an early age and provide opportunities for students to create, fail, and try again, prepping them to persevere. This process also shows that failure doesn’t define students but instead opens the door to better solutions. It’s a learning experience, right? Let’s take our students out of the in-the-box thinking and get them tinkering!



Not sure where to begin? Whether you’re building your own makerspace from the ground up, restocking materials, or looking for furniture specifically designed for collaborating, we have you covered. More specifically, the Pitsco Maker Space catalog has you covered! Haven’t seen one hit your mailbox? Check out our digital catalog or request a print copy today. Let’s get started making!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Makerspaces, STEM, Hands-on Learning, innovate

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