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

Makers, we’re celebrating you

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 15, 2018

Sometimes it feels like there’s a holiday for everything. Sometimes they’re silly and sometimes they’re spot on. This week’s theme is one we can really get behind. It’s the National Week of Making! Lets celebrate the doers of our society – the everyday people and educators all over the world who embrace and challenge their ingenuity, creativity, and innovativeness. June 11 to 17 are the official dates during which many are celebrating the diversity of makers and the ever-growing maker movement. According to Adweek, the maker movement “is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers.” But we’ll be honest; we dont think a single week is enough. Making happens on the daily, and that’s something to celebrate!

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Makerspaces, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning

Top 10 spring and summer activities

Posted by Patty Cooke on April 05, 2018

As we dive deeper into spring – and look forward to summer – we prepare for the upcoming changes.

The warmer months ahead can mean many things, both good and, well, not as good. Better weather usually means more outdoor activities such as summer camps, but the extended time out of school can mean bored kids and a learning slide teachers fight against the rest of the year.

But spring fever doesn’t have to equal a lack of learning, and summertime doesn’t have to mean boredom. If you want to keep the learning going and keep students engaged, there are several things you can do.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Camps, Makerspaces, STEM, Dragsters, Coding, STEM Units

Presidents’ Day in the classroom – the hands-on, minds-on way

Posted by Melissa Karsten on February 19, 2018

February holds claim to having two of our country’s most famous presidents born in it – Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and George Washington on February 22. In all, four of our past presidents celebrate birthdays in February. It makes sense that we celebrate the office in this month. But that’s not the only reason. . . .

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Makerspaces, Science, STEM, Engineering

The Big Book of teacher resources

Posted by Melissa Karsten on January 15, 2018

Do you have a stash of your favorite catalogs in a drawer, on a shelf, or on your desk somewhere? It might surprise you in today’s digital world, but many people do. Technology has brought us a long way – have you seen our new mobile-responsive website?! But theres something about flipping through catalog pages to get your shopping and exploration started! Thats why Pitsco continues to mail our catalogs and make them available digitally too.

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Topics: Tags?, IN THE CLASSROOM, Giveaways, Makerspaces, STEM, Resources