Shedding one’s skin now and then is good, especially for a website. But TETRIX® Robotics did more than freshen its look – it’s now geared to help visitors more than ever.
First, the new site added a store with all the TETRIX MAX and PRIME sets and individual pieces along with tools and storage options. No longer do visitors need to switch to the Pitsco website to purchase what they need.
Another key feature of the revamped site is the RoboBench videos featuring Tim Lankford, Pitsco Education robotics application specialist. Tim will demonstrate how to build robotics components, provide helpful tips, and more in this ongoing series.
Plus, a Build section features step-by-step instructions for different robot models that use MAX, PRIME, or a combination of the systems. Every month, the staff at Pitsco will add at least one new Build of the Month model – and in November an online form will enable robotics enthusiasts to share their own robot designs and instructions.
A Classroom area offers resources and information for the educator using robotics to teach STEM subjects, from a free activity and digital copies of the builder’s guides to suggested videos and books. The Competition tab shows how TETRIX is a viable system for many robotics competitions and then takes a closer look at several national competitions that use TETRIX, including FIRST® Tech Challenge and SkillsUSA Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue.
So, next time you’re looking for information on using the TETRIX systems or teaching with or competing in robotics, check out www.TETRIXRobotics.com.
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By Trudi Lawless, TAG member, Lakeside Junior High School, Orange Park, FL
So Pitsco has come out with another robotics system. What’s the big deal? Why should I, as a teacher, expend more money to jump to another robotics system? Actually, there are several good reasons to do just that.
Pitsco’s new TETRIX® Building Systems, which include the entry-level TETRIX PRIME and the more advanced TETRIX MAX, have some interesting advantages. The first and foremost for me is that these two systems are compatible. I can use TETRIX PRIME to get my less advanced students interested in robotics and then use TETRIX MAX to build on and expand that knowledge.
The TETRIX systems are also durable, with sturdy metal parts that will withstand years of use by students. This alone makes the expenditure worthwhile.
Last but not least, TETRIX comes with curriculum that allows you to easily integrate robotics into a technology classroom. There is a video and plenty of activities available online to help you get the students started. There’s even an opportunity for students to add their original ideas to the website. I have my preorder in for the new system, and my students can’t wait to test it for me!
Visit www.TETRIXrobotics.com to browse all the available online resources.
Among the many things I love about early fall (besides the cooler weather) are the great festivals that offer all sorts of wonderful learning opportunities. Look for festivals that highlight local customs, traditions, and history. Many of these festivals let you have a look into living history. They are filled with people outfitted in period dress, demonstrating everything from broom making to tomahawk throwing.
One of the local festivals that we enjoy is held at a nearby state park. It is very easy to spend most of a day walking through the history loop, sitting in on a one-room school class, learning about native plants and grasses, and listening to the storyteller on stage. The day is capped off by a bison barbecue lunch and a wagon ride to see the living American bison up close and personal.
Other festivals that we have attended in recent years have highlighted early American farming methods, antique equipment, and a myriad of locally grown foods such as honey and bushels of apples to taste and buy.
These festivals are usually very inexpensive or even free and offer great opportunities for a fun-filled family activity while also teaching a great deal about history, life, and culture that might be unfamiliar to you.
What types of festivals do you attend in the fall? We would love to hear your comments. We might feature some of your festival experiences in an upcoming blog post.