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DIY is good, but can we help?

Published April 15, 2019
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By Jessica Born, Digital Marketing Manager
jborn@pitsco.com

Educators are doers. You all dutifully find ways to make things happen in classrooms. Lack of funds, lack of space, and lack of time doesn’t ever seem to stop you from making a difference in students’ lives.

But, we know, sometimes DIY can be a bit exhausting.

You’re building the Workforce 2030 pipeline with today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders, and we’d love to help you not have to “do it yourself” all the time. After all, Joanna has Chip, the Property Brothers have each other . . . and, now, you have us. Check out these resources that we hope will help you in efficiency, effectiveness, and hopefully enjoyment too.

  • New free teacher guides: Earlier this year, we released nine enhanced teacher guides that correspond with nine of our most popular hands-on, minds-on products. That’s NINE NEW guides to use in your classroom. We’ve built in a variety of STEM activities, pretests and posttests, video links, career information, and applications of the 4Cs. And, our favorite feature – you can download any of them for FREE right now. You can add fresh ideas or support for current projects to your teacher toolbox with just a click.
  • Summer camp planners: It’s never a summer off, right? With summer school and summer camps, you’re most likely on. So, if you’re in charge of your program’s or school’s summer educational opportunities, we’re here for it. We’ve developed two fairly comprehensive guides to get you rolling with your STEM/STEAM/STREAM camp or your robotics and coding camp. You can download them now and be ready in no time.
  • STEMspiration boards: Ideas? Inspiration? Information? Organization? Affirmation? All of that and more can be found on Pinterest. If you pin, follow us (@PitscoEducation) for the latest blog posts, current promotions, and ideas we’re loving from around the social sphere. Coding, robotics, makerspaces, STEM holidays, cross-curricular and integrated STEM, and teacher motivation are just some of the topics we love to share on our channel.
  • Getting started with robotics or makerspaces: Are you slated to begin a robotics program, or you want to launch a makerspace in your school? Sometimes knowing where to start is the hardest part. We’ve broken both down into our top tips in these easy graphics. We also support your exploration with two annual catalogs dedicated to these topics. The Maker Space catalog just mailed in March and our newest Robotics catalog will be in your hands in the fall.
  • New engineering challenges: Have TETRIX® MAX or TETRIX PRIME and looking for a few new challenges for students? We have five recently released free engineering challenges to get students thinking and building.
  • Monthly grant: We recognize that continuing to add hands-on opportunities to your classroom has a cost. And we know sometimes that support runs short. So, each month, we award one educator a $350 grant that can be applied toward products, activities, or curriculum. The application is simple, and any educator is eligible. Reading about the amazing things you all do and the incredible students you have is one monthly task we always look forward to. Apply now for your chance at some additional funding.

We want to be a part of your crew for all your STEM education projects. When blueprints have been completed, demo day passes, the jobsite is tidied, and your work is revealed, we’ll be here cheering you on loud and proud. Classrooms will always be our favorite jobsites, and student successes will always be our greatest works.

#WorkforceReady #ThisIsSTEM

“One of the things that we really love about the STEM program is that it’s application based, it’s hands on, students are solving real problems, they’re working collaboratively, and they’re learning that everyone has a role to play and that they all have something to offer. Those are the kind of intangible things that you can’t measure with an ACT and you can’t measure with the AP exams.”

– Dr. Keith Rice, academic dean, UMS-Wright Preparatory School, Mobile, Alabama

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