Published December 21, 2017
Did you know that Pitsco Education is located in Kansas?
Also known as the Land of Oz, Kansas was made famous in the
classic movie The Wizard of Oz. In the movie, the Scarecrow is
looking for a brain, the Tin Man is looking for a heart, and the
Cowardly Lion is looking for courage.
In 2017, Pitsco was looking for a PULSE™, and our TeacherAdvisory Group (TAG) was integral in helping us discover it.
Three teachers – Aaron Maurer, Carrie Wilson Herndon, and
Michelle Smith – were part of the beta test for our new TETRIX®
PULSE Robotics Controller, completing test runs over the
summer and providing feedback to our development team.
We used their comments to refine the final product, which hit
classrooms in September.
TEACHERS AND ACTIVITIES
Other members of our TAG team were busy this summer
as well. We asked five teachers to write activities around
products. When the activities were complete, we asked other
TAG members to peer-review them. This collaborative process
produced some great activities we can’t wait to release on our
website for educators to use!
- Dr. Mary Webb – EZ Shake Table and Invention
- Michael Clark – Gravity Jousting
- Paul Casey – Balloon Buggy and Propeller Buggy
- Sharon Cutler – Prop Racers
- Greg Reiva – Prop Racers
SHARING TIPS AND RESOURCES
Earlier this year, three of our TAG teachers took up the
pen to share their classroom expertise with educators. As
the humanities get more integrated into STEM, we’re often
asked how to keep students engaged in writing activities in
the STEM lab. We tapped TAG member Debra Rouse, a K-6
STEM coordinator who has a lot of experience in this area.
She wrote a blog post filled with tips to spark interest in
Art Hardin and Michelle Hendrick tackled another subject
matter for us. Art wrote a blog post on the Pitsco Backhoe,
detailing his experience and giving recommendations for
assembly and use. Michelle wrote an activity around the
Backhoe. Combined, these two pieces give other educators a
teacher-tested and easy jumping-in point.
In addition to the projects our TAG team was willing
to take on, they provided a classroom viewpoint all year
long, serving as a sounding board for ideas that Pitsco is
considering and answering questions on a private website.
They might have helped us develop the PULSE controller, but
this team was really the pulse of development this year. Thank
you for all the contributions, 2017 TAG team!
To learn more about the Teacher Advisory Group, see
examples of the work they created, and get to know the
current members, head to Pitsco.com/TAG.