Blog Posts

Four ways to maximize your remaining budget

Posted by Kate Radell on June 19, 2024


Maximizing your budget can sometimes feel like a daunting task, especially during the end of a busy school year. But fear not! Here at Pitsco, we want to help you stretch those dollars further than ever before. In this blog, we’ll explore four ways to make the most of your remaining budget – from finalizing summer fun with STEAM activities to restocking for the upcoming school year, investing in your professional development, and trying out exciting new products, we’ve got all the tips you’ll need to ensure a successful summer and upcoming school year for both you and your students. Let’s dive in and make every penny count!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, FUNDING, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Science, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Teacher Development, Coding, Professional Development, Workforce Development

Youth racing program creates new career opportunities for underprivileged communities

Posted by Admin on November 11, 2021

Updated 6/11/24

Since its founding in 1998, the Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) in Philadelphia has earned a fair amount of publicity for the spectacular opportunities it offers to inner-city students. Sneak a peek during the school’s Build A Dream summer program, and you’re likely to see students learning about engines, designing cars, and racing go-karts as part of a simulated racing team.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Science, STEM, Dragsters, Engineering, Careers, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art

T-Bot® Hydraulic Arm: Improved features add even more learning

Posted by Admin on November 01, 2021

Updated 5/30/24

Nobody at Pitsco quite remembers for sure, but legend has it that the T in T-Bot® Hydraulic Arm stands for team.

It makes sense. The four syringes that drive the robot’s hydraulically powered movement can be held and operated separately. Each syringe affects a different axis. This naturally lends itself to several possibilities for problem-solving activities with multiple students. With a group of four students, give each student a syringe, assign the group a pick-and-place task, and watch all four communicate, cooperate, and think critically to get the job done.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, High School, Collaborations, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Authentic Learning, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, Math, Workforce Development

Turn lemons into a lemonade stand: Inspiring entrepreneurship

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2021

Updated 6/4/24

One of the first entrepreneurial experiences many children have is operating a lemonade stand. It’s where some of us learn about the 4Ps of marketing, how to work with money, or how to follow through with an idea. And, just maybe for some, we catch the bug for business. For others, it’s just one-time fun that results in stickiness and sunburns.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Trends, Resources, Careers, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Celebrating a picturesque day: Photography and STEM fun

Posted by Preston Frazier on August 10, 2021

Updated 6/4/24

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. . . I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

“Picture” this for a moment. Imagine there was a day that “captures” the essence of snapping photos from all around the world. Wouldn’t that be great?

Now, don’t “zoom” to conclusions, but I have some good news to share. If you can look past my cheesy puns and dad jokes, the good news is there is a day for amazing picture takers everywhere.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Activities, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art