PCS History

Founded in 1988, PCS originally operated experiential learning centers throughout the Western US. Founded by Patrick McShane, a rural Idaho school teacher with a remarkable vision for providing students with hands-on, meaningful learning experiences, these centers were the origin of the learning philosophy and methodology embedded in all of PCS products, curriculum, and services. Students attending the PCS Centers for Enriched Learning experienced hands-on education in robotics, engineering, archaeology, rocketry, music, electronics, biology, and many other areas in an environment designed to foster creativity and confidence.

Evolving market conditions in the late 1990s which included the emergence of the world wide web and an explosion of afterschool programs nationwide such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the YMCAs, and centers funded by the $1Billion Federal 21st Century Community Learning Center program convinced PCS that a more lucrative business model was packaging PCS curriculum and systems and marketing them to these programs. As a result, over 6,000 sites in all 50 United States as well as in Australia, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Mexico, use PCS hands-on labs and materials today.

Now, the global need for experiential STEAM education expertise creates a unique opportunity for PCS Edventures with over 20 years of STEAM experience and a rich store of intellectual property that includes curriculum, software, and hardware.