How to build 64 pages of robots

Posted by Lacey O'Brien on September 24, 2018

Building a robot is a process. There’s prototyping, testing, and eventually a final product. In fact, its a lot like how we build our catalogs.

Our goal for the catalog project is always to build a top-notch catalog for you – the builders, makers, coaches, and educators. We also know the final design needs to fit within a page count that is a multiple of 16. We start with prototyping to decide where and how the products are displayed and what resources are included, all while watching that page count. Then we go into the testing phase, reviewing our first draft for errors, things that might not have worked as expected, or missing information. Like with any build process, we generally reiterate, making changes to what we identified. After retesting until we’ve met our goal, it’s off to production and then ultimately to your hands (or screen). 

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Topics: ROBOTICS, Camps, Technology, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning

3-2-1 . . . Launch! Sending robots to the moon with ROVER RUCKUS

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 10, 2018

Saturday was a big day in the world of robotics competitions. FIRST® released the 2018-19 season game details about the earlier announced ROVER RUCKUSSM. It’s already a big hit with FTCers! Because who wouldn’t want to go to the Moon?

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Topics: ROBOTICS, Collaborations, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Engineering, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics

TorqueNADO® review: Users share feedback

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2018

In August 2017, Pitsco released the TorqueNADO®, a powerful 12-volt DC motor with a built-in encoder for our TETRIX® MAX building system. This motor was the strongest motor available for competitors in the FIRST® Tech Challenge 2017-2018 season game, Relic Recoverysm. Many teams were able to use the TorqueNADO for competition this year and had lots to say about it.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Engineering, TETRIX Robotics

Are we there yet? An out-of-this-world look at a common question.

Posted by Bill Holden on July 20, 2018

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? The oft-asked question from the back of our van still rings clear in my head. “No, we’re still a few hours away from Mount Rushmore – but we'll be there before you know it!” was my usual reply.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Future Ready, Math

❤️s for robots and competition

Posted by Ruthie Muller on July 11, 2018

They say to do what makes your heart beat faster.

I’m not sure who “they” are, but if you ask most of the participants of Urban Search & Rescue, THEY would definitely agree.

Twenty-two states (plus Puerto Rico!), eight middle school teams, 22 high school teams, and five postsecondary teams attended SkillsUSA® nationals in Louisville, KY, June 25-29, all doing what makes their hearts beat faster – robotics and competition. 

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Topics: Middle School, High School, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics