Blog Posts

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

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

Celebrating Arduino Day: Open Makes Us Close

Posted by Jessica Born on March 24, 2021

Sweet 16! Arduino is turning 16 on Saturday, March 27 – it’s Arduino Day! As partners of Arduino Education, we couldn’t be more pumped to celebrate making technology accessible to everyone, including students and educators. (Plus, March is Pitsco’s birthday month too!)

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Science, Technology, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, innovate

Flying into 2021: Drone curriculum offerings

Posted by Preston Frazier on January 27, 2021

Hello, all! Even though 2020 is long behind us (hallelujah!) and the first month of 2021 is ending (How did that happen?), it’s still good to reflect on some of the positives of the last year. Maybe you learned a new skill with all the time you had at home. Maybe you embraced the increased family time and realized how important that really is in the grand scheme of things. Looking back, I know there were some good things to come out of that different, weird, and crazy year.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, STEM, Trends, Careers, Coding, Professional Development, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, innovate, Workforce Development

Sound experiments for students: Going analog with a tin can telephone

Posted by Deidre Galloway on January 19, 2021

January 19 is National Tin Can Day. Yep, there really is a day for everything it seems. So why recognize this one? Well, we can’t pass up the opportunity for some hands-on learning! Tin cans are celebrated for the advancements they brought to food preservation in the early 1800s. Outside of their primary purpose, I’m thinking about celebrating the science of the tin can telephones. The Guinness World Record for the longest functioning tin can telephone is 796 feet!

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