Blog Posts

How STEM education shapes us: Pitsco taught me this . . .

Posted by Deidre Galloway on July 11, 2020

As back-to-school time creeps into our calendars and minds, it has us reflecting a bit, especially in this time of uncertainty, newness, flexibility, and innovation. We are approaching 50 years in business and we’ve seen a lot of trends come and go in the education space. The constant though, and the heart of if all, remains the same: educators and students.

Pitsco was created with the guiding principle of fast, friendly service for teachers by manufacturing innovative kits for teachers. Since joining the Pitsco family as a professional, I’ve been thinking about how Pitsco products and STEM-focused education impacted me.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, STEM, TSA, Careers, Authentic Learning, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, Women in STEM

Dragster competitions: Making it to the starting gate

Posted by Preston Frazier on December 14, 2018

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” – Howard Cosell

Fun. Exhilaration. Adrenaline. Victory. Defeat. These are a few words that describe competition. Whether you’re aware of it or not, competition is happening around you every day, and it’s human nature to want to compete in some form or fashion – not only in sports, music, and work, but in everyday life.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, TSA, Dragsters, Engineering, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning

CO2 dragster competition puts employability skills at the finish line

Posted by Jessica Born on October 05, 2018

Think back to middle and high school. Were you a part of a club or two? Or maybe you were involved in basically everything that was offered? Have you ever reflected back to the time you spent in those organizations and the impact that experience had on your education and future? Maybe it was insignificant or incidental. But, maybe, the experience was pivotal to the person you became or to a career interest decision you made.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Collaborations, STEM, TSA, Dragsters, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning

It’s a 4-peat! History is made at TSA’s 2017 Dragster Design competition

Posted by Admin on September 14, 2017

Every June, a crew from Pitsco Education loads up and heads to the Technology Student Association’s national championships to help run the Dragster Design races. It’s always exciting, but this year something unprecedented happened – a competitor won the national event for the fourth year in a row.

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Topics: Middle School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, STEM, TSA, Dragsters

North Carolina partnership pumps up STEM learning with TSA event

Posted by Admin on September 07, 2017

(Note: Based-on article written by Tom Farmer)

STEM education in North Carolina is reaching new heights due to the alliance of a community college, technology association, STEM organization, and group of businesses.

This leadership group organized the second annual STEM East-NCTSA Invitational in February, which gave middle school and high school students a chance to fine-tune their TSA projects and presentations before moving on to state and national championships. The group is about as good as it gets when you consider that they are made stronger through their participation:

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Topics: Middle School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, STEM, TSA