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TETRIX® a factor at World Robot Olympiad in New Delhi, India

NEW DELHI, INDIA (January 20, 2017) – More than half the teams in the Advanced Robotics Challenge (ARC) portion of the recent World Robot Olympiad (WRO) held in New Delhi, India, chose to use Pitsco's TETRIX® robotics system for the majority of their robot build.

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WRO, an international robotics challenge, gives grade school- to university-level students the opportunity to compete in Olympics-style robotics events. This year's competitions drew more than 450 teams from 50 different countries.

Four WRO challenges are conducted: Open Category, Regular Category, WRO Football, and the Advanced Robotics Challenge. While all four categories are exciting to watch, the ARC is the one best suited to TETRIX.

The 2016 Advanced Robotics Challenge, an open competition for students ages 17-25, tasked teams with using a specially crafted robotics set and a controller to build and program a robot capable of completing a bowling game in less than three minutes.

"The ARC is a perfect fit for TETRIX robotics," said Pitsco Robotics Application Specialist Tim Lankford. "It's a unique programming challenge that requires precision and perfect timing. It definitely helps to have the right equipment." Lankford and International Sales Manager Mohit Abraham represented Pitsco Education, a sponsor of the 2016 event held in late November. Both men were on hand to provide technical support to teams using TETRIX in the competition.

The winning robot, from the Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) team I.T.C., was built using the TETRIX MAX system.

"That's quite a testament to TETRIX," said Lankford. "ARC is a pretty open-ended challenge, which just proves how versatile TETRIX can be."

Prior to the event, teams could find sets, parts, programming tools, and helpful tips on the TETRIX website. But having on-site support provides an extra boost.

"It's nice to have that personal touch," said Abraham. "We were able to answer technical questions and troubleshoot a few issues for some teams. We hope the teams get the feeling that we're here to support them from beginning to end."

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