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Pitsco Education: 50 years and counting

Published February 24, 2021

(Note to media: Due to the pandemic, Pitsco will celebrate its 50-year anniversary in a low-key manner with employees in the coming days and online via social media giveaways and discounts for customers throughout the entire year. Plans are taking shape for a more appropriate public celebration later in the year when we are once again able to gather as a community. In the meantime, contact Pitsco Education Communications Manager Tom Farmer to arrange for one-on-one interviews with corporate officers to discuss the company's golden anniversary and Pitsco's impact on education in general and the Four States region specifically.)

PITTSBURG, KS (February 24, 2021) – The Pitsco Education story isn't just about what the company has done for millions of students and teachers during the past half century. It's also about the anticipation for what Pitsco will do in the coming decades to lead STEM education with its ever-evolving products and services.

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What was started by three teachers in a basement in Pittsburg, Kansas, on the evening of March 6, 1971, has blossomed into a leading international hands-on education company – still based in Pittsburg – that delivers every day on its mission to lead education that positively affects learners.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Pitsco's vision has always been to meet students where they are through the activities and materials needed to experience a more relevant education anywhere along the K-12 spectrum.

Working primarily out of six buildings on its main campus and its manufacturing facility on the western edge of Pittsburg, Pitsco's employees today embrace technological change and advancements while developing and reimagining hands-on products, equipment, and activities that lead to the same "aha moments" students experienced 50 years ago when they first used the company's packaged kits to make bottle openers and pen-and-paper holders. Today, Pitsco offers more than 3,000 educational products, about one-third of which are proprietary.

“It's about students and teachers. It always has been, and it always will be about the students and teachers,” said Pitsco cofounder and current CEO Dr. Harvey Dean. “We have an enduring commitment to meet the needs of students whose preferred method of learning is hands on, and we are dedicated to developing the best products that meet the needs of today's students and teachers. Our philosophy hasn't changed one bit in 50 years.”




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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Contact: Pitsco Communications Manager Tom Farmer: publicrelations@pitsco.com

“The best part is they’re getting the hands-on, practical experience of doing the activity and working through all the logistics and the questions of how it would work. It’s not just a bunch of theory and ideas. They’re actually doing the activity, which is going to be valuable for them to take into the classroom because they will know what to expect.”

– Joseph Santos, principal, Vista View Middle School, Fountain Valley, California

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

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