By Melissa Karsten / April 10, 2018

Robots on parade! Inspiration for National Robotics Week

Happy National Robotics Week! We Heart-100-0418 robots, so it is safe to say this is one of our favorite weeks of the year. Were celebrating with a giveaway and a parade. A robot parade, to be exact. Everyone needs a little inspiration and a smile from time to time, right?

Were fans of big bots and small ones, stationary and mobile ones, and basic and advanced ones. The creations and capabilities are endless. Robots can mimic movements and expressions. They can complete tasks. They can make processes more efficient. They can challenge us. They can even help us learn. 

Are you currently building a robot? Finalizing your competition build? Tinkering away on an idea? Check out some of our latest and greatest builds plus some from the Web. We know no matter the shape, size, or purpose of your robot,  sometimes a little inspiration can go a long way. 

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.  Albert Einstein

Inspiration can spark an idea that grows into something amazing! Just look at all the terrific bots competing in the FIRST® competitions. And inspiration can be found almost anywhere; we found some of those places for you.

The Pitsco robot specialists are brilliant and creative. Theyve built many cool bots and are always working on new ones. Watch this video showing off some of the fun and unique designs.

Bots on Parade!
(NOTE: Robots shown might not have all the components attached needed to perform as intended. Build instructions aren’t available for most of these designs.)


Plus, check out the Mars Curiosity rover and this Tumbler the Pitsco team built.

TETRIX ® Upgrade to Mars Curiosity Rover


TETRIX Tumbler


But were not the only ones who’ve been building cool TETRIX bots. Watch these YouTube videos or search TETRIX robot to see more.

TETRIX Robot Picks Up Block by JOHNYYY231


TETRIX Scooter by CEEOTufts


Tiger  Ukulele Playing Robot – NXT/TETRIX – MiniBot by KHS Biology


Need a bit more? This roundup offers a variety of other major robot inspo.

This isn’t a complete list because inspiration is everywhere. Drop us a comment with your favorite sources for ideas.

And, if youre on social media and want to share your builds with us, be sure to use #TETRIXRobotics and tag us in your post. We love to see what youre up to! 

TOPICS: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Engineering, TETRIX Robotics

Melissa Karsten

Written by Melissa Karsten

Anyone that knows me well knows I get excited about learning and love asking questions. So, the opportunities to talk with educators online and in their classrooms and learn from them has been awesome the last 16+ years. But, my favorite part is witnessing the students’ “aha!” moments using the hands-on approach. Being a crafter – I’d love to be on "Flea Market Flip!" – I can relate. Now, if there were only a few more hours in the day for my digital projects, gardening, beekeeping, reading, and playtime with my dog, Nellie!