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Students Dream Big With TETRIX
TETRIX™ by Pitsco!
The revolutionary new metal building system offers unlimited design and real-world application possibilities to advanced robotic students.
"This system enables students to experiment and build robots on a real-world scale," said Paul Uttley, Pitsco Research and Development Manager and TETRIX designer.
"They are working with structural elements like those they would use if they were a robotics engineer."
The patented hole pattern enables TETRIX parts to be connected in a number of angles to a variety of elements.
A special Hard Point Connector is used to enable TETRIX to work with the LEGO Technic building system, making TETRIX the only metal building system specifically designed to be used with the LEGO MINDSTORMS® robotic line.
Launched in January 2009 as one of LEGO Education's three available robotics products, TETRIX started making its way into student hands during the 2008-2009 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).
"We wanted a true robotics prototyping platform that would allow us to challenge teams with problems faced by real-world robotics designers," said FIRST Tech Challenge Director Ken Johnson.
"The strength of the building materials, the ability to configure and reconfigure the kit multiple times, and the metal gears all work together to form a kit that is tough and flexible."
Made of heavy-duty aluminum, TETRIX parts come in a variety of sizes that lend strength to the system. Metal gears, plates, brackets, and mounts combine with channels, wheels, hubs, and tubing to create an ideal platform for flexible and creative robot design and construction.
The TETRIX Robotic Education Base Set includes more than 550 TETRIX parts and comes with a user guide covering building a basic robot body, wiring and using a remote control, designing gear assemblies, building arm mechanisms and end effectors, and more!
To take your robot to the next level, visit www.LEGOeducation.us or call 800-362-4308.