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Pitsco Education

Pitsco is a great resource for educational curriculum and hand-on kits for elementary and high school grades. Their products help students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Since I support sustainable energy, I suggested my review for Pitsco be on the Homeschool Beginning Solar Vehicles Pack. 


Their isn’t much information on the Pitsco website about this pack of three cars. But Amazon has a great description for the Ezoon solar car. 

Product Description

The Pitsco SunEzoon Solar Car is a hands-on project that includes all parts needed to build a solar-powered model car for use with students in grades 3-12 studying solar energy and physics concepts such as force, motion, speed, velocity, and acceleration. Each kit contains a 0.45V, 400 mA solar panel with alligator clamps, motor, motor mount, front and rear polyethylene wheels, steel axles, nylon axle bushings, polystyrene gear font (variety of gears), chassis plate, a cut-and-fold paper cover, double-sided adhesive tabs, and instructions. The finished solar car measures approximately 2.5 x 5 x 4 inches (H x W x D). (H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.) A solar car kit is typically used to demonstrate solar energy and physics.

The SunEzoon solar car kit requires scissors and hobby knife or sandpaper (all sold separately) for construction. The kit can be used in conjunction with the Pitsco 59465 SunEzoon Cars Teacher’s Guide (sold separately).

Science education products incorporate applied math and science principles into classroom projects. Teachers in pre-K, elementary, and secondary classrooms use science education kits and products alongside science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum to demonstrate STEM concepts and real-world applications through hands-on activities. Science education projects include a broad range of activities, such as practical experiments in engineering, aeronautics, robotics, energy, chemistry, physics, biology, and geology.

Pitsco Education develops K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum, educational kits, and classroom tools. The company, founded in 1971, is headquartered in Pittsburg, KS.

What’s in the Box?

  • Cut-and-Fold Cover SunEzoon Solar Car Kit
  • Large rear wheels (2 per car)
  • Small front wheels (2 per car)
  • Steel axles (2 per car)
  • Nylon axle bushings (4 per car)
  • Gear font (1 per car)
  • Motor (1 per car)
  • Motor mount (1 per car)
  • Chassis plate (1 per car)
  • Cut-and-fold paper car body cover (1 per car)
  • Solar panel with alligator clamps (1 per car)
  • Double-sided adhesive strip (1 per car)
  • Instructions

A teacher guide for this kit is also available from Pitsco although my review is just for the kit. Building a kit is a great way to demonstrate the benefits and resources of green technology and construction. Overall, I would rate the kit as fair. Each of the three car packages contained a  “gear font” sheet. This is a paper description of the gears and a plastic punch-out sheet of gears. Not all the gears are used in the making of the kit, so I’m thinking it would be a lot more Eco friendly if only the gears needed were actually included. Didn’t like the unnecessary waste here. PLEASE READ PITSCO EXPLANATION IN COMMENT SECTION


Assembly of the kit was easy to slightly difficult. Opinion could vary here based on age and skill. The kits themselves are not high quality but designed for instructional purposes. Basically, they are all inclusive since only a few other materials are needed for their assembly.
Results? They worked. But only in DIRECT sunlight. AND they need as easy surface to work on. No off-roading with these guys. Don’t expect them to be something they aren’t (can’t be steered). They are solar power cars you can build to see that sunlight can be harnessed. (yeah!) 
A good holiday gift idea!!
I received the Homeschool Beginning Solar Vehicles Pack from Pitsco Education to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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A Back-To-School DIY Project


Very inexpensive 

Fun for all ages


and Thoughtful


With a few inexpensive supplies, some that you already have around the house, anyone can create a Composition Notebook Journal for school or to make as a gift. 

Requires Only:

(1) Composition Notebook – the hardback black and white kind for about 50 cents during pre-school sales

(2) Two or more pieces of scrapbook paper

(3) Stickers and Ribbon

(4) Glue Stick and Scissors

Trace around the front and back of the book. I don’t cover over the black spine.

Cut out and glue in place. (Ideal for little hands to practice trace, cut, and glue)

The inside front and back cover can also be covered with paper.

I was going to use lavender for the front of my journal but, of course, I changed my mind and used periwinkle.

   Then design the cover. 

And don’t forget to give your journal a ribbon bookmark. Use a large sticker to attach the ribbon to the back of the book. 

  A finished journal ready to use.

Autumn made one, too.

 The inside pages can also get some special touches.


I’d love to see your journal.

Send a picture to notesfromdawnATyahooDOTcom

Submitted by Pam from An Artful Mom. She had the journal book cut in half at a copy store to make two smaller journals.

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Interesting name, right? I was sent an assortment of Naked Binders to use & I’m 100% impressed with their simplicity. “All of our eco friendly 3-ring binders are created with FSC certified 100% recycled board (100% post consumer waste). We use no vinyls, plastics or toxins, minimize waste and minimize processing. ”

Naked Binder

Started in 2008, Naked Binder emerged having multiple goals: sustainability, great design, preserving wilderness we love and giving back to education that helped us get here. We designed the strongest, most sustainable 3-ring binders available – cutting waste in manufacturing, processing and travel.  We make our binders, foldersand tabs in Des Moines, IA in the US of A out of FSC certified, 100% post-consumer waste binders board, 100% cotton cloth, a few FSC certified papers and metal rings.  No plastics, vinyls or toxins. We designed our 3-ring binders to look so good you won’t want to get rid of them.  We have everything you might need to impress a client, store your taxes or decorate your office. Naked Binder donates to support wilderness areas and schools around the US. Learning to think and space to think in are important for a better world.

Cobalt & Aztec Gold

Simple, yes. But they are also strong and stylish. They are available in several colors that dress them up to coordinate with your project or compliment your room decor. The colorful spine wrap is made of library-grade cotton book cloth.

In my opinion, the Naked Binders are sturdier than the vinyl binders; the durability will help offset the additional purchase cost. All the Naked Binders use a D ring and are available in several sizes. The Project Binder is also available in a round style spine. Tabs are available to organize your binder; they have debossed roman numerals on them.

The Notebook Binder is a smaller version of the Naked Binder. No color, just bare. This size binder holds. 5.5 x 8.5 paper. I’m using mine as a recipe keeper.

Naked Binder always offers a 25% discount on materials used in the line of work for Educators, Teachers, and Schools. This discount applies to home school.

The Winner Is: Chelesa Sims

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Naked Binder is giving away 2 Notebook Binders & Tab sets

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To Enter, visit the Then leave your comment here telling me something you liked on their site. One entry per person. Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner.

Contest ends February 10th @ 11:59 pm est. (available only to US residents) A winner will be selected at random using the integer generator from The winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize.

I received an assortment of  Naked Binders in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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