Additional elementary articles:
Pitsco Education has been leading education
for 50 years, and that now includes providing
solutions for our earliest learners in Grades K-5.
Curious how we’ve been successful for half a
century? Read on, and you’ll soon understand!
Here we highlight our most popular STEM and
coding products from Pitsco’s Big Book catalog
and give you a glimpse at how they help
students get STEM-started!
AEROSPACE – STRAW ROCKETS
Introducing rocketry to students has never
been this easy or this fun! Pitsco’s straw rockets
fit in any K-5 classroom, remote-learning, or
hybrid environment. From the Getting Started
package that includes all needed materials
to a Straw Rocket Launcher or the Mini Straw
Rocket Launcher, we have options for all
environments. Students create their rockets
using mylar straws, index cards, and clay. Then,
it’s time to launch! A class of students can rotate
launching their rockets using the Straw Rocket
Launcher, whereas students learning at home
can utilize the Mini Straw Rocket Launcher and
practice launching in their workspace. Interested
in extended learning or add-on activities?
Access the FREE download of our Straw Rocket
Elementary STEM Activity Guide or the Rad
Rockets template to continue the fun.
“The straw rockets are one of my students’ favorite
activities. They absolutely love designing, building, and testing
their rockets. Using straw rockets provides an excellent
opportunity to integrate STEM skills into your curriculum.
– Joan Gillman, former teacher
ENGINEERING – STEM EXPLORER PACK
Looking for ways to bring fun hands-on activities to your classroom or home? With the STEM
Explorer Pack, you can watch your kids thrive while learning in any environment – at a summer
camp, at home, or in an after-school program. Each box includes hands-on materials and
curriculum with step-by step instructions for children to build exciting projects and
complete 15 challenges and activities. All activities are completely hands on and
will have your learners engaged for hours as they create, explore, invent, and,
most importantly, have fun! The STEM Explorer Pack was uniquely designed
for learners in Grades K-5 and features activities across science, technology,
engineering, and math that also incorporate reading, art, and more. The STEM
Explorer Pack is now available in both English and Spanish. Ready to take the
activities to the next level? Access the FREE download of the STEM Explorer Pack
Teacher’s Guide and dive deeper into STEM concepts!
CODING – CODE CUBE™
Now, students can learn coding with wearable tech.
Pitsco is proud to offer our very first codable wearable,
Code Cube™, to the upper-elementary market. Code
Cube is designed to teach potentially intimidating
coding concepts in a no-fear environment. Students
can be coding in fewer than five minutes! Code Cube
integrates the A in STEAM as it enables students to
develop something creative and personalized – and
appeals to all students! Best of all, Code Cube can be
integrated into any learning environment, so now students
can code any place, in any space. An economical solution,
it comes as a single unit or in a 10-pack. Paired with the free
downloads including the teacher’s guide, student worksheets, and
at-home activities, Code Cube offers a comprehensive coding solution
for elementary students. Need assistance getting started with Code Cube? Try our
recently launched e-learning course (see related article) that offers
educators a deep dive into the Code Cube hardware, block-based programming
app, and how to use the lessons provided in the teacher’s guide.
“Young learners benefit from the quality of
Pitsco products. The straw structure activity
allows them to question, explore, wonder,
create, and investigate while learning.
– Rena Mincks, first-grade teacher
STRUCTURES – STRAW STRUCTURES
When’s the last time you or your students made an
octahedron? Or maybe a dodecahedron? Well, now’s
your chance. Show students how geometry can be hands
on and fun with Pitsco’s straw structures. Paper straws
coupled with pipe cleaners and some creativity can take a
polyhedron to the next level. A great classroom solution,
the Straw Structures – Getting Started Package provides
materials for 30 students to create their own shapes along
with a colorful poster that outlines different polyhedrons, from a tetrahedron
to icosahedron. Ready to get started? Download the free Straw Structures
Elementary STEM Activity Guide for Grades 3-5 and start construction in a snap!
Have remote or hybrid learners? Send a Try This: Straw Structure Kit with them to
continue learning in any environment!
PHYSICAL SCIENCE – EZ CATAPULT AND EZ TREBUCHET
Take students back in time with
medieval machines and utilize STEM
concepts at the same time. Students
learn about force and motion, projectiles,
and historical perspectives when they
build the EZ Catapult and EZ Trebuchet.
The kits are true to their name – they are
easy to build so students can start the
testing in no time! Both activities are paired
with a FREE download of their respective
Elementary STEM Activity Guide for continued
learning and are offered as a single kit perfect
for remote or at-home learning or in a class
pack of 30 to serve an entire classroom.
FIND US ONLINE
Now that we’ve given you a taste of our
elementary offerings, you might want more!
Visit us online to request a catalog today
or learn more about our early elementary
products at Pitsco.com/Shop.