Robotics competitions are in full swing. Make sure you have all the parts you need to be successful!
Whether it’s extra “just-in-case” parts or an entire kit that you need, you can find it in the 2014 TETRIX® mini catalog, now available. Go to aux.pitsco.com/forms/CatalogRequest.aspx to request a copy or download a PDF.
Check it out for all things TETRIX! Included items encompass all TETRIX sets and parts for classes, teams, and enthusiasts, both domestically and internationally. With more than 150 items, the catalog has something for everyone and can help you grow a new TETRIX program or bring an existing one to new heights.
And for a wealth of construction tips, guides, and projects, visit TETRIXrobotics.com. Ready to take your TETRIX program to the next level? The TETRIX website also has information about competitions and a gallery of past championships for you and your class to peruse and glean inspiration from.
For beginning teams to championship contenders – and everyone in between – the TETRIX line has everything you need to get started and keep moving!
The mathematical Common Corecontent emphasizes understanding so that students can engage in mathematical practice. The Common Core content leads to rational-logical thinking where decision making is based upon analysis, computation, reasoning, and an astute feel for quantities and values.
The Common Core content is the precursor to 21st-century thinking. It is the reliance and commitment to rational thinking that is the fundamental basis for embracing challenges and creating solutions in both math and science.
Science education provides the means by which students can pursue logical thinking and understanding in math by applying what they know and solving problems. One of the attributes that mathematical understanding creates is an awareness of multiple methods that can be applied to a particular situation to gain insight and solve problems. It is the sense that different constraints can be applied to the same problem or investigation and the outcomes achieved can still be justified.
Project-based models of learning in the science classroom provide the learning environment in which students can transition from understanding and knowledge into practice. Engineering-based projects require students to brainstorm, design, construct, test, and assess outcomes. These learning models provide relevance to students’ efforts, giving students the autonomy to pursue their interests and help facilitate their intellectual curiosity to explore outcomes.
It is essential that students have the mathematical tools, understanding, and resolve to look deeply into discovered relationships and influences as part of their scientific investigation. These relationships can ultimately be presented as mathematical functions. Scientific theories supported by experimental results can be eloquently expressed in graphical presentations and as mathematical models.
Visit the links below to learn more about Pitsco's math and science solution components. Call 800-828-5787 for a complete solution customized to fit your classroom and align with state common core standards.
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Have you ever wondered how those huge car-crushing machines work? What kind of destructive force must it take to reduce something so large and heavy to mere scrap metal?
The answer – hydraulic pressure – is almost unbelievable, unless you consider Pascal’s principle and the concept of force multiplication.
Demonstrating Pascal’s principle that “pressure applied to an enclosed fluid is transmitted undiminished to every part of the fluid, as well as to the walls of the container,” hydraulic systems are capable of crushing cars, splitting logs, moving heavy equipment, and much more. One of the world's largest systems, the 50,000 ton Mesta press in Cleveland, has been named a Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
But hydraulic systems don’t have to be large to work. Take Pitsco Education’s new Can Crusher, for example. Developed by Pitsco’s R&D Engineer Jason Hill, the Can Crusher is based off a standard four-post hydraulic press. The Pitsco version uses syringes, tubing, and three-way valves to demonstrate the same concepts found in larger hydraulic machines found in the manufacturing industry.
With the Can Crusher, the press of one small syringe moves pressurized fluid to four larger syringes, successfully transferring energy from the user to the now crushed can.
And the unique design of the Can Crusher makes it easy to see these concepts in action. The syringes, tubing, valves, and even the can being crushed are all in plain view as the action takes place.
Ready to crush some cans of your own? Read Crushing the competition with hydraulics or visit www.pitsco.com/Can_Crusher for more information.