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Five easy steps to get started teaching drones

Posted by Cody White on September 14, 2021

Drones, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), are becoming essential tools in a wide range of industries. Agriculture, construction, real estate, filmmaking, surveying, infrastructure inspection, supply chain management, and law enforcement have all felt the impact of this technology. Naturally, this presents a golden opportunity for career and technical education.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Teacher Development, USAR, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning

Incredible teamwork. Flying drones. Exciting competition in Arkansas.

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 10, 2021

As one of Pitsco’s educational consultants, I work with the Midwest region of the US and help with different educational initiatives in schools. One of the best parts of my job is when I get to be in schools or at events, meeting with students and educators. Over the past year, there not been any opportunities to visit with all the amazing students and teachers. However, recently that has changed.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, High School, Competitions, Technology, Careers, USAR, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Work ethic, motivation . . . and robotics contribute to success in competition, life

Posted by Patty Cooke on December 11, 2019

Heritage High School (Maryville, TN) students Caden Branch and Landon Davis took gold in the 2019 Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) competition at the SkillsUSA® national championships held this past summer in Louisville, Kentucky. The duo’s first-place finish continues a six-year streak of medaling for Heritage High School USAR teams since they began competing in 2014. So far, students have brought home two bronze, two silver, and two gold medals from the national competition.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, ROBOTICS, STEM, Social and emotional learning, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Contest

Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue strengthens participants’ career choices

Posted by Patty Cooke on July 25, 2019

Flavio Tello graduated from Texas State Technical College in Harlingen last spring where he studied Mechatronics, which includes electrical and mechanical engineering as well as programming. He now works for Koenig & Bauer and will soon be visiting their home base in Germany to learn how to troubleshoot and repair printing presses located across the United States.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, ROBOTICS, Technology, Careers, Coding, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, innovate, Workforce Development

Robotics: Connecting school, work, life

Posted by Patty Cooke on October 18, 2018

Administrators and teachers in the Yakima (WA) School District are determined to give their students every opportunity to succeed – in school and in life.

Already home to an extensive CTE program, the district has decided to give students even more opportunities by expanding their robotics programs. To that end, they’ve added nine TETRIX® MAX R/C Getting Started Packages, two Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue Challenge Sets, and 20 TETRIX MAX Dual-Control Robotics Sets to their program.

We had the chance to speak with CTE Technical Support Specialist Eric Franz about the district’s intentional efforts to grow robotics opportunities for students.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, STEM, USAR, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning