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Activity and play fuel STEM learning in youngsters

Pitsco and TTS offer full range of fun and unique educational materials

Published March 5, 2021
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Hands-on STEM learning can begin in the earliest education experiences. Young children learn naturally through exploration, play, and construction – critical behaviors for STEM learning. Further, STEM experiences can be easily integrated into other activities and are a natural starting place for literacy and communication capacities. Through STEM, young children can build a foundation of relevant, important real-life skills that grow with them and serve them through their education and in life.

Bee-Bot® This is a perfect starting point for teaching directional language and programming. Using a memory of 200 steps, Bee-Bot moves in 15 cm increments and does 90-degree turns. With a wide range of cross-curricular mats and activity tins to program with and fun accessories to personalize, Bee-Bot is the must-have programming resource for ages 5-7. Bee-Bot can detect another Bee-Bot and say hello. It will play a default sound, or students can record their own. Students can also record audio to play back when each button is pressed, making it more accessible to all students, including those with auditory and visual processing needs.

Blue-Bot® After your students have mastered Bee-Bot, they can naturally transition to Blue-Bot for teaching control. Blue-Bot has a clear shell so children can see the components inside. You can use Blue-Bot like Bee-Bot and program it using its buttons. However, Blue-Bot is capable of connecting to tablets, PCs, and Macs, enabling children to take the programming even further.

*Sensory ICT Glow Set – This set engages students in sequencing with Glow Pebbles, gets students shaking and stacking with Glow Rollers, and inspires reluctant writers with Illuminated Writing Boards. This offers a range of learning opportunities, such as developing mathematical literacy, exploring cause and effect, and enhancing a construction area. Several other sensory items are coming your way with the launch of our Little Book catalog in the spring, including Light Up Spinning Tops and Construction Bricks, Color Lightbox Panels with accessories, and a Fidgety Feet Concentration Aid.

*STEAM Stack and Build – At the forefront of our new Outdoor Play assortment, the STEAM Stack and Build Kit develops collaboration, motor, mathematical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. This is an engaging and innovatively engineered set of loose parts that can be manipulated, maneuvered, joined, and stacked together to create all kinds of imaginative designs. Allow students to construct without limits as they learn outdoors to create castles, dens, and even different modes of transportation such as trucks, cars, airplanes, and trains. Also coming to our Outdoor Play product assortment is an Outdoor Construction Kit, Water Channeling Kit, and Physical Activity Development Kit, ensuring your students are learning regardless of their environment!

*Early-learning activity bundles – Through Pitsco’s partnership with TTS, we have decided to create rich content for products that are developmentally appropriate to encourage your young scientists. Each product will be bundled with an activity guide that includes three activities aligned to NGSS, Common Core Math and ELA standards, and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes. These activities are STREAM focused and allow for flexible implementation for teachers to serve all development levels, group sizes, or time frames.

STEM in the Gym™ Simple Machines Ready to teach physical science concepts in combination with physical activity? The STEM in the Gym Simple Machines Package will help you do just that! Students will experience the mechanical advantage of each simple machine while learning about force, load, work, and more.

STEM Explorer Pack Looking for ways to bring fun hands-on activities to your classroom, summer camp, after-school program, or home? This all-inclusive pack includes hands-on materials and curriculum with step-by- step instructions for children to build five 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!

STEM skills can, and should, begin in preschool and early-learning experiences. Engaging young children’s natural curiosity and providing active learning opportunities help students become better learners and problem solvers. We can’t wait to see our new product selection implemented in your classroom!

*Available April 2021.

“Pitsco STEM products provide students learning opportunities to construct their own understanding of concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math. Students actively collaborate, communicate, concentrate, and creatively create while using processes and skills needed for next generation success in today’s world. Powerful.”

– Jill Brockmier, teacher, Jefferson Elementary School, Pullman, Washington

We enable young learners to develop the mind-set, skill set, and tool set needed for future success.

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