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TETRIX® PRIME delivers in classroom and competition; presales begin June 16

PITTSBURG, KS (June 16, 2014) — Pitsco Education’s latest innovation is poised to transform STEM robotics in the classroom as well as in national and international competitions. TETRIX® PRIME is a revolutionary new robotics building system designed to teach various STEM concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. PRIME is engineered to be simple Pitsco TETRIX PRIME logoand intuitive, enabling students to construct and modify robots easily and quickly.


Making the robust PRIME Building System unique is a patented “quick rivet” snap fastener for fast and secure assembly. In addition, parts can be connected with a specialized thumbscrew that provides additional strength and durability, making robots sturdy enough for even the most demanding competitions.


“Quality, durability, and ease of use were our primary focal points when creating TETRIX PRIME,” said Pitsco Education Research & Development Manager Paul Uttley. “Students want their robots to be PRIME hero 2 with gripperas strong as possible, yet be relatively easy to assemble and modify on the fly. Our goal is to make all of this possible with TETRIX PRIME.”


The PRIME Starter Set includes a gamepad-style, four-channel wireless controller for easy operation of the motors and servos that bring robots to life. A builder’s guide enables students to begin construction on any of three hero models within minutes of openingPRIME hero 3 with gripperthe box. Additional part packs expand design possibilities, and compatibility with various programming platforms (National Instruments’ myRIO, LEGO® Education’s NXT and EV3, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi, among others) empowers students to engineer robots capable of performing whatever their minds imagine.


TETRIX PRIME Building System elements are designed to connect with existing TETRIX MAX components, providing an ideal continuum of classroom robot integration and learning. All TETRIX building system elements are compatible with kits and sets used inFIRST® Tech Challenge, SkillsUSA Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue, and World Robotics Olympiad Open and College categories of competitions.

Be among the first to experience TETRIX PRIME — preorder yours today for delivery in September 2014.

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Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.



Ed Table Talk Airs, Big Publishers: Can the Spanish Armada transform into the British Fleet?


Education Table Talk (ETT) has announced that they will be hosting a new show centered on how publishers, small and large, can emerge successfully in a digital first world. Big Publishers, will air Tuesday, June 17th at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET. The show will be available by web broadcast at blogtalkradio.com and iTunes.


Ed Table Talk, sponsored in part by MCH Strategic Data, is a fast-paced, interactive monthly radio show discussing some of the most controversial topics in the education industry.


The move from print to digital can look different for big publishers who have long processes, coordination, and business accountability issues, which are far less of a hindrance to smaller organizations. The result is that larger organizations can’t change quickly. The adaptation to market demands around print and digital assets create obstacles for all content creators. Host, Michael Jay, and guests will review the tools and technical standards that may ease this transition.


The Guests at ‘The Table’ this month:


  • Jaume Barceló, Director of Vicens Vives
  • Dick Casabonne, President of Casabonne Associates
  • Dan Caton, President of Wittel/Morris Strategic Consulting


The guests are leaders in the Education sector who are interested in sharing their knowledge, multiple perspectives, and expertise with the Education community.


“Whether you’re a pro or a newcomer to the industry, everyone benefits from the deep-dive forum discussion around hot topics in education,” says founder of eScholar Shawn Bay. “ETT provides a helpful platform to connect and exchange ideas.”


Ed Table Talk strives to provide a forum where issues critical to education are discussed around the table in a spirited debate, attempting to present the content in a format that is a contrast to some of the heavier and more standard web presentation formats.


“ETT provides a light, fun, engaging conversational format to review high-interest topics in education,” comments Knovation’s Chief Academic Officer Steve Nordmark.



About Educational Systemics, Inc.:

Founded in 2001, Educational Systemics (www.edusystemics.com) is committed through their work with institutions and corporations to create lasting change in how we learn and educate. Their diverse expertise includes educational and corporate leadership, market analysis, development, instructional design, and tested knowledge of all facets of K-12 education. This, coupled with educational vision, generates success for their clients while advancing their vision for educational improvement.



About MCH Strategic Data:

MCH Strategic Data (www.mchdata.com) is a U.S. based compiler of comprehensive K-12 and early childhood marketing databases. MCH provides email, direct mail, telemarketing, on-line, social media, and geospatial marketing solutions focused on more than five million K-12 educators.  The company’s online portal, Infinite Access, gives users 24×7 access to the MCH K-12 database. The company’s business-to-institution focus includes government agencies, hospitals, medical practices, schools, school districts, and churches. MCH is headquartered in Sweet Springs, Missouri, with additional offices in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, and Massachusetts.