Blog Posts

Activity: T-Bot® offers leverage for exploring simple machines

Posted by Admin on January 19, 2022

A great physical science education tool isn’t just exciting while you are using it; it continues to provoke thought and make real-world connections well after you’ve placed it back on the shelf. Case in point: I recently spent time exploring Pitsco’s T-Bot® Hydraulic Arm. It was a fun challenge using the hydraulic robot arm to pick up and move blocks, and I thought about links to automation and heavy machinery as I used it. But, to my surprise, after I put the device away, what I really couldn’t stop thinking about was my own arm.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Science, Technology, STEM, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning

Kid Inventors’ Day: Celebrating creativity in all young inventors

Posted by Admin on January 17, 2022

Kid Inventors’ Day, a day to celebrate young inventors of the past as well as encourage today’s inventors, falls on January 17, every year, a fitting nod to inventor Benjamin Franklin because January 17 is also his birthday.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Resources, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, innovate

Are you Kitting me?!

Posted by Preston Frazier on November 24, 2021

Let’s be clear. I’m the proud father of a four-year-old daughter, who will be jumping into kindergarten very soon. When I mean soon, I mean like next year soon.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills

Inner-city ed: from cradle to career

Posted by Admin on November 11, 2021

KANSAS CITY, MO – Don’t tell Mary Esselman that some kids can’t learn as well as others because of the bad hand life has dealt them. She’s experienced some tough environments and knows better, and besides, she doesn’t have time for such nonsense.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ROBOTICS, Makerspace, Makerspaces, Collaborations, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Careers, Coding, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate, Workforce Development, Inquiry-based Learning

Let’s N-O-V8 – it’s National STEM/STEAM Day!

Posted by Corinne Pachl on November 08, 2021

It’s the greatest time of year! And no, I’m not talking about that kind of wintery holiday season. It’s National STEM/STEAM Day on November 8, a day dedicated specifically to the love of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. As I said, the greatest time of year, especially for us at Pitsco!

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ROBOTICS, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate, Inquiry-based Learning, Art