PCS Edventures

For over 30 years, PCS Edventures provides educators with turn-key, quality curriculum and materials that inspire elementary, middle and high-school learners to develop a passion in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

It started with a dream. Over 30 years ago, school teacher Patrick McShane noticed a disconnect in his classroom. His students were eager to learn, to engage with new technologies and innovations, to prepare for the future, but their time in the classroom was leaving them unfulfilled. So, Patrick decided to make a change — to bring his students what they wanted. From the garage of his rural Idaho

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02/18/2022

We can't wait to see what Iowa educators are able to accomplish with our drone program!

So your students💙technology? Try drones!
Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council has a for that!
PCS Edventures READY, SET, DRONE!
Educators get:
● 6 drone kits
● 4,000 LEGO-compatible bricks
● storage
● training/materials
● ongoing tech support
● Grades 4-8; in/out of school
Apply Now: https://iowastem.org/Scale-Up

02/16/2022

It's always wonderful to work with the STEM Action Center and and bring drones to educators ❤️

In an increasingly technological world, educating students in the field of drones helps them gain practical knowledge related to computational thinking and digital literacy – and helps prepare them for the workforce! That’s why STEM Action Center and PCS Edventures! brought the Drone Designers program to Idaho. The workshops trained educators from thirty schools and provided resources and supplies to integrate this knowledge into their existing programs and provide students with hands-on drone training and education.

To learn more about the program and how STEM Action Center is supporting Idaho students, click here: https://stem.idaho.gov/our-impact/brightspots
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Educators, what’s one way you’ve shown girls how to picture themselves succeeding in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math?

When we are intentional about the conversations we have with learners, we provide opportunities for inclusion and understanding.

Register for the free workshop today to learn how BrickLAB STEAMventures combines STEM and Arts into inspiring activities that give young learners a positive STEAM experience. By attending, you’ll also be entered into a giveaway for a chance to take home one of these activity book collections!

Register: https://buff.ly/3s8yQde

How Hands-On STEM Transforms Classroom Instruction 02/14/2022

How Hands-On STEM Transforms Classroom Instruction

Embrace the transformative educational movement known as STEM instruction and watch your learners' minds unlock a world of possibilities. https://buff.ly/3xD0T79

How Hands-On STEM Transforms Classroom Instruction If there were any doubts that educators were resilient, pandemic teaching squashed them. Still, hunched over your blank lesson planner, the thought of tackling this year’s unique challenges seems daunting. But don’t crawl under your desk just yet.

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Learners develop impressive designs and healthy identities when STEM and SEL join forces. What awesome things have your learners created during your lessons? Share them with us in the comments!

Learn more about how STEM and SEL go hand-in-hand by clicking the link below:
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Educators, have you tried blending STEM and instruction to create a positive learning environment? What strategies have worked for you?

Check out our latest article to learn more about how STEM and SEL work together:
https://buff.ly/3m5bDXe

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Want to start a garden in your school? Educator Pete Klapsogeorge gives PCS Edventures an exclusive look into how he blends STEAM and gardening to give students ownership of their learning. Check it out: https://buff.ly/3gqoFvq

02/04/2022

Tag a K-3 educator! Explore fun, hands-on techniques to inspire girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3oomlsY

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What’s one way you’ve encouraged girls to explore STEAM in your classroom or out-of-school program?

We’re excited to announce our virtual workshop that will explore some fun, hands-on techniques to inspire girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math!

We would love to see K-3 educators of all different backgrounds and learning environments attend to discuss girls in STEAM! Register today and tag a fellow educator: https://buff.ly/3HqKrer

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Inspire young female learners to uncover their passions for coding. The computer science profession could use more female voices. Check out these tips for Educators: https://buff.ly/34aAvaz

The Superpowers of STEM in Out-of-School Programs 01/31/2022

The Superpowers of STEM in Out-of-School Programs

Harness the Superpowers of STEM to help students bridge the achievement gap. https://buff.ly/32LufF2

The Superpowers of STEM in Out-of-School Programs In 2020, as the pandemic closed down schools all around the world, educators did their best to implement virtual lessons to meet their students’ academic, social and emotional needs. Here’s how afterschool programs can harness the superpowers of STEM to help learners reach their greatest potenti...

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A year full of teaching our most popular programs is just a click away!

Thanks to feedback from educators and their learners, we’ve compiled classic favorites and brand-new experiences that make implementing hands-on learning simple in any environment.

Click to learn more: https://buff.ly/3JJBdvc

5 Reasons to Integrate Tech in Your STEM Program 01/15/2022

5 Reasons to Integrate Tech in Your STEM Program

Speak your learners' language by embracing technology. Check out these 5 Reasons to Integrate Tech in Your STEM Program: https://buff.ly/3ln5A01

5 Reasons to Integrate Tech in Your STEM Program Since the widespread adoption of the internet nearly 25 years ago, the world of technology has exploded, filling nearly every sector of our lives with new devices and expansive possibilities. Personal computers, cell phones and tablets used to be rarities, mostly reserved for businesspeople and the....

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Take the mystery out of organizing relevant, year-round STEM instruction!

All-Inclusive Enrichment Program Bundles make planning all four quarters of the academic year simple. Click to learn more!
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Looking for FUN, HANDS-ON, STEM activities for your learners? Don’t miss this FREE webinar kicking off this January 20th at 4PM MST. Register now and be entered for a chance to win one of our newest programs: https://buff.ly/3GCLN5r

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Not sure what kind of program would work best for your learning environment? Compare complete lessons from nearly every PCS program with FREE curriculum samples! https://buff.ly/31g3k3v

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A fully-planned year of K-12 STEM instruction is waiting for you!

Click to learn more about our All-Inclusive Enrichment Program Bundles.
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Educators, you can use hands-on STEM activities to support Social-Emotional Learning and help students thrive, both personally and academically!

Check out this post and let us know what you think: https://buff.ly/31YjAqj

Student Grouping Strategies to Maximize Engagement 12/10/2021

Student Grouping Strategies to Maximize Engagement

Have you ever wondered how to group your students to get the best results? Check out these pro's and con's of student grouping strategies: https://buff.ly/3odpHzH

Student Grouping Strategies to Maximize Engagement If you've ever studied probability, wondered how many different types of pizza you could make with a set number of toppings or pondered the perfect arrangement of books on a shelf, odds are, you’ve calculated some combinations. Let’s see if you can put your skills to the test in this real-world ...

Spark Early STEM Passions with Discover STEM LAB 12/09/2021

Spark Early STEM Passions with Discover STEM LAB

Would you like to spark your learners' passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) early in their education? Here's how you can get started: https://buff.ly/3DcWedq

Spark Early STEM Passions with Discover STEM LAB When you first decide to introduce a new STEM program into your classroom, it can be hard to know where to start. Do you focus on one subject area, or do you bring in multiple areas of interest? How do you know your students are going to be engaged with the new curriculum? How can you bring them to....

Using the Engineering Design Process and STEM to Reimagine Colors 12/07/2021

Using the Engineering Design Process and STEM to Reimagine Colors

principles such as the engineering design process are used to solve real-world problems. Read how it was used to help with color blindness: https://buff.ly/3D0mBDf

Using the Engineering Design Process and STEM to Reimagine Colors When you think about real-world STEM applications, what comes to mind? Is it Apple’s next powerful computer, or NASA sending astronauts to Mars? Maybe it’s Google advancing their AI? These are huge, complicated and daunting projects, and it can get discouraging when such large-scale projects are...

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Click here to unwrap 25 free STE(A)M activities with exciting holiday twists!
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The Best STEM High Schools in America 12/05/2021

The Best STEM High Schools in America

Congratulations to all of our customers who made this list! It's our pleasure partnering with you.

The Best STEM High Schools in America U.S. News ranks the best STEM schools in the United States.

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Students can build, customize and program their own with the Discover Robotics & Programming kit! Using student-led activity cards, this kit introduces students grades 4-8 to the exciting world of .

Learn more about this kit: https://buff.ly/3D3QzGb

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Hands-On STEM activities should start in early elementary and continue on in higher education. Check out this post: https://buff.ly/3DcOdVS

Boost Literacy with STEAM 12/04/2021

Boost Literacy with STEAM

Incorporate STEM & STEAM education in classroom & out-of-school programs to meet occupation demands. Read these tips to set up a successful STEM/STEAM program.
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Boost Literacy with STEAM With the exponentially increasing popularity of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) instruction, literacy might seem to take a backseat. But readers and writers of the world, fear not — there’s a place for you yet! Subtle but ever-present, literacy is a key player in STEAM ed...

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25 days of FREE holiday STE(A)M activities are waiting just for you! Click here to get started!
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Ready for take off! In Flight & Aerodynamics, take your students to new heights as they learn how to pilot hot air balloons, parachutes, gliders and more in this filled Enrichment Program! https://buff.ly/3FYiRnp

What is STEAM Education? 12/02/2021

What is STEAM Education?

Are you onboard with taking education to the next level?

What is STEAM Education? What is STEAM Education? The definitive guide for K-12 schools.

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Check out our STEM and STEAM curriculum samples. You'll find quality, turn-key solutions. You'll be glad you did! https://buff.ly/31g3k3v

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Educators, bring the magic of the holidays and STE(A)M to your learners with these 25 FREE engineering design challenges!
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The Benefits of STEM Education for Children 12/01/2021

The Benefits of STEM Education for Children

We agree 100%. Do you?

The Benefits of STEM Education for Children The National Inventors Hall of Fame discusses some of the many benefits of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for children.

Photos from PCS Edventures's post 11/30/2021

Which came first, the chicken or egg-citing physics challenges? In this highly engaging program, students tackle hands-on projects and team building challenges to study concepts of motion and mass!

Learn more about this eggs-citing program: https://buff.ly/3xBJE6a

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Unwrap these 25 free STE(A)M activities. Enjoy!

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Educators adopt STEM to drive home core subjects with PCS Edventures BrickLAB reusable bricks: https://buff.ly/3b0JSZY

Our story

It started with a dream.

Nearly 30 years ago, school teacher Patrick McShane noticed a disconnect in his classroom. His students were eager to learn, to engage with new technologies and innovations, to prepare for the future, but their time in the classroom was leaving them unfulfilled. So, Patrick decided to make a change — to bring his students what they wanted. From the garage of his rural Idaho home, he worked tirelessly, designing and creating an education center where K-12 learners could engage with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. With his vision coming to life in 1988, Pat’s Computer School was born, providing students of all ages with hands-on projects to fuel a passion for learning and a lifelong love of STEM subjects.

As the program gained notoriety in the community, Pat’s Computer School expanded. Rebranded as PCS Edventures, Pat opened five experiential learning centers in Idaho, Washington and California. Challenging students to use critical thinking skills as they explored robotics, engineering, archaeology, rocketry, music, electronics, biology and more, PCS Edventures was blazing the trail for afterschool learning programs.

In the late 1990s, evolving market conditions presented PCS with new opportunities. There was an explosion of afterschool programs nationwide, and these programs opened the door for PCS Edventures to package its one-of-a-kind products for distribution, offering easy-to-implement curriculum supplements and hands-on educational kits. Shifting its focus towards providing the students of the world with the opportunity to learn and explore in a safe, team-oriented atmosphere, PCS Edventures learning solutions found their way into more than 7,000 sites across all 50 states and 17 other countries, including Australia, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Mexico.

Twenty-five years after its humble beginnings, PCS Edventures has instilled a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in students all over the globe. Through exciting, experiential learning, our learners quickly develop the foundations of scientific inquiry, engineering design principles and spatial mathematical awareness while also exercising problem-solving, communication, reflection and collaboration skills. With content designed to integrate instructional goals into application-based ed-ventures, we’ve coupled hands-on objectives and cutting-edge curriculum with manipulatives from fischertechnik, Mod Robotics, Thrust-UAV and more!

At PCS Edventures, it’s our goal to make learning and investigation a fun, innovative and interactive experience for all ages. Now, are you ready to start a STEMventure?

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Boise, ID
83713

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