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TETRIX® MAX Competition in a Box

SKU: W44587
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$645.00 (USD)
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Bring robotics competitions to the classroom with the Competition in a Box. This package consists of a guide that introduces students to robotics competitions, numerous competition components, and a highly customizable competition arena system. The competition arena system is quick and easy to set up for a multitude of sizes and layouts depending on the type of competition and the space available. The curriculum contains more than 45 hours of activities and competitions divided among three competition zones. Zones 1 and 2 focus on R/C robotics while Zone 3 has students programming autonomous robots using PRIZM® and the Arduino Software (IDE). All activities and competitions are open-ended, allowing students to design and build their own robots while incorporating the engineering design process and systems thinking to solve each challenge.


Type: Activity Guides and Curriculum, Multi-Student Project Packs Grades: 9-12


What You'll Get

  • Floor tiles, wall panels, and posts to build a 10' x 10' arena that can be altered to fit the classroom
  • Student guides (7) that walk students through 10 activities and three competitions
  • Teacher’s guide with setup instructions, tips, competitions guidelines, and standards correlations
  • White tape for line following
  • Competition elements including Ping-Pong balls (16), foam golf balls (16), spools (20), and 9 oz cups (40)
  • Rulers (2) and spring scales (2) for robot testing and analysis
  • Rubber bands
  • Containers for storage


Learning Values

  • Designing solutions based on criteria and constraints
  • Defining criteria and constraints
  • Systems thinking
  • Technological design
  • Troubleshooting
  • Problem-solving
  • Engineering design
  • Modeling
  • Prediction
  • Teamwork
  • Design and creativity
  • Accuracy
  • Data analysis/prediction
  • Estimating
  • Logic


“Originally intended to help our after-school robotics club prepare for the FIRST® Tech Challenge, we purchased the Competition in a Box set from Pitsco in September of this school year and soon began using it as part of our daily routine in our high school Robotic Engineering class. The included challenges are designed for both the R/C mode and the PRIZM® controller, but I was delighted to see how readily the set and challenges could be modified to fit the needs of my junior high classes as well. The Competition in a Box set can easily be scaled up or down, based on what robotics platform my classes are utilizing, and has greatly aided in our exploration and implementation of the engineering design process approach to problem-solving while bringing some friendly competition-style projects to the classroom setting.”

– Joe Slifka, robotics teacher, Labrae High School, Leavittsburg, Ohio

“We get students who say, ‘I can’t do math’ or ‘I can’t write very well.’ When they program their robot, we tell them they just used math. When they do their write-up for the competitions, we tell them, ‘You just wrote a paper.’ We connect our students to real-world applications through robotics.”

– Will Sarett, director of career and technical education, Yakima (WA) School District