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Check out the 2019 Pitsco Maker Space catalog and our top 10 tips

Published March 8, 2019
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PITTSBURG, KS (March 8, 2019) – Attention, all makers, tinkerers, innovators, and out-of-the-box thinkers – the 2019 Pitsco Maker Space catalog is packed with everything hands on and minds on that you could need in any makerspace.

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Thinking of building a makerspace? Need to spice up your current makerspace? Check out our 40+ Maker Projects that cover all grade levels and themes from aerospace to dragsters to sustainable energy, just to name a few. Each project includes the materials needed for the activity as well as handy storage, which often is at a premium in any makerspace.

Every projects also has free resources, such as essential questions and career connections, so you can start these activities right away with talking points in hand. For anyone setting up a large-scale makerspace implementation, Pitsco's Maker Space Packages were created specifically for you and your students. These packages come in elementary, middle, and high school offerings. All maker projects and packages are color coded by grade level within the catalog to make your decision-making a breeze. If you need assistance with planning your makerspace, contact our reps at Pitsco.com/ContactMe.

An exciting addition to the 2019 Maker Space catalog is our full line of coding products that spans from elementary to high school and includes screen-free, visual, and text-based programming – any option you desire! Be sure to check out KUBO, Microduino, Fable, and Arduino coding solutions in the catalog or online (Pitsco.com/Shop/Coding).

Mr. Robot II hit the scene earlier this year and is eager to play a part in your classroom or makerspace. Other robotics-related products that would complement a maker environment are the TETRIX® MAX and PRIME Getting Started Packages, Rokenbok sets, and UBTECH's UKITs. These options comprise a continuum of robotics from early elementary through high school. Now is the time to take robotics to the next level.

STEM, robotics, and coding all play their part in a classroom or makerspace, but don't forget camps! Spring is around the corner, and time is ticking away until summer vacation, so don't delay. Thumb through the Maker Space catalog and brainstorm ideas. Let us help you get those creative juices flowing with our top 10 tips for creating a makerspace:

  1. Organize – Storage is your best friend.
  2. Conduct mini skills workshops – Demonstrate proper use of new tools, and let students lead!
  3. Combine high-tech items with low-tech items – Combine LED lights and paper or motors and cups. The possibilities are endless.
  4. Offer a variety of tools – From hammers to hole punches, introduce a plethora of tools to your students that they might not have the chance to use otherwise.
  5. Challenge students – Think Iron Chef for the makerspace. Add challenge cards or a mystery material that they must incorporate, and let the games begin!
  6. Let students create – Begin with step-by-step instructions for students and then follow up with new design specifications to see what they might create. Sit back and watch the engineering design process in action.
  7. Provide ownership opportunities – Assign students to be responsible for certain parts of the makerspace from cleanup to inventory to leading skills workshops.
  8. Get the community involved – Would local businesses have products to donate or be interested in taking students on tours?
  9. Recycle – Get creative and help the environment at same time, a win-win in our book.
  10. Have fun – Break free from the seriousness and allow students to work on the creations that most interest them.

 

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Pitsco Education is the leading provider of hands-on K-12 STEM solutions. STEM education prepares learners for the future through the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts using relevant hands-on applications to connect school, community, and work. Our various products, activities, curriculum, and solutions promote positive learning experiences and continued classroom success.

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“A female student came in to my eighth-grade class complaining about not feeling well. I asked her why she just didn’t stay home. The answer I received almost made me cry and I’ve heard it over and over (with Pitsco labs). My student told me, ‘I wanted to come to this class today – I really like it.’ I’ve shared this story with all my administrators. If this program keeps kids in school, I’m all about it!”

– Jacqueline Thompson, STEM lab teacher, Bertie Middle School, Bertie County, North Carolina

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

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