ISTE 2019: What’s new, what’s for you, and what to do next

Posted by Preston Frazier on July 26, 2019

About a month ago, we were gathered for ISTE National Conference in Philadelphia with 20,369 attendees from all 50 states and 81 countries. There were 3,196 presenters, including 479 students and more than 500 exhibitors. All the new, upcoming, and breakthrough ed tech and 21st-century learning trends were on display. There were so many options –everything from 3-D printing to virtual reality to coding were there for administrators and teachers to try out, test, and see.

And as expected it was a connected conference – 123,479 tweets using #ISTE19, #ISTE2019, and #ISTEinPA were sent and Instagram stories were viewed 104,222 times, with messages such as how Ursuline School was super pumped to meet Mr. Robot. And TAG teacher David Lockett was happy to share the good news about Fable and Smart Buddies.

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Topics: ROBOTICS, Technology, Trends, Coding, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Conferences, 3-D Printing, Virtual Reality

Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue strengthens participants’ career choices

Posted by Patty Cooke on July 25, 2019

Flavio Tello graduated from Texas State Technical College in Harlingen last spring where he studied Mechatronics, which includes electrical and mechanical engineering as well as programming. He now works for Koenig & Bauer and will soon be visiting their home base in Germany to learn how to troubleshoot and repair printing presses located across the United States.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, ROBOTICS, Technology, Careers, Coding, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, innovate, Workforce Development

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