Move over R/C, there is a new way to control a robot!

Posted by Lacey O’Brien on January 31, 2019

It’s here, it’s finally here! With the delivery of the 2019 Big Book, Pitsco and TETRIX® Robotics released the much-anticipated TETRIX Tele-Op Control Module. The module connects to a TETRIX PRIZM® Robotics Controller and allows for remote control operation of your robot via Bluetooth. In layman’s terms (yep, this one is for me 😊), it serves as the go-between for transferring code from your PRIZM to the SONY PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 controller and its many buttons.

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

FIRST® Tech Challenge teams: We’re here for you!

Posted by Preston Frazier on January 22, 2019

They say this time of year is for professional football and college basketball. Depending on your favorite team, this might be the case. However, as one of Pitsco’s educational consultants, I beg to differ. This is the time of year for gears, motors, beams, channels, and wheels!

FIRST® Tech Challenge season is in full swing, and many teams are deeply entrenched in the engineering design process, making modifications and slight adjustments to their already robust robots. If you remember from my travels to Minnesota, this year’s competition takes teams to the Moon in an out-of-this-world competition.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics

Partners in your success: The latest in robotics and coding for your classroom

Posted by Pam Scifers on January 16, 2019

We’ve spent nearly 48 years curating, manufacturing, and supplying products and solutions that empower and support your efforts to bring hands-on, minds-on education to your students and classroom. We’re always thinking, making, and looking out for things that can make your experiences more effective and fun. This is why we are so excited to introduce you to products and kits from five of our partners.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ROBOTICS, Technology, Coding, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning

Computer Science Education Week: Teaching coding one hour at a time

Posted by Tommy Ly on December 06, 2018

This winter, as you keep the seasonal cold at bay, I hope you catch the Hour of Code. This week marks what has become quite famously known as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). The event began as an initiative with a purpose to improve access to and quality of technology education in schools by engaging policy makers. Its time frame in the second week of December honors the late Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906-January 1, 1992), a pioneer programmer who laid the groundwork for syntax-to-machine language compilers. And as computer folklore would have it, she was among the engineers in 1947 who discovered the first actual computer system “bug” – a moth to be precise (CSEdWeek).

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, Technology, STEM, Coding, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Workforce Development

Money, time, and training: The challenges of bringing technology into the classroom

Posted by Natalie Vanderbeck on December 03, 2018

There’s no debate: teaching in the 21st century has been greatly enhanced by the aid of technology. The students in our classrooms are digital natives. They’re eager to utilize various technologies, resources, and devices. Their natural aptitude with devices and their interest is the buy-in you need to enhance and deepen their learning through tech. In short, students thrive when given opportunities to use technology in the classroom. However, there can be challenges, which often hinder the implementation of bringing technology into the classroom. Let’s break them down, tackle them, and get that tech in!

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Topics: Elementary School, FUNDING, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, Resources, Coding, Professional Development