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What is Tetrix? Tetrix is the new FTC robotics design platform, integrated by Pitsco. As it stands currently, the new FTC kit consists of a LEGO NXT controller, a custom secondary controller (for motors and sensors), 11 motors (4 substantial 12V gear motors, 4 servomotors & 3 LEGO NXT motors), 10 sensors (standard NXT touch, light, ultrasonic and sound, plus compass, acceleration, gyroscope and color), 2 NiMH 7.2v 3000mAh rechargeable batteries, aluminum building components (beams, gears, brackets, tubes, etc), multiple wheels, a Bluetooth game controller, various wires and mounting hardware and three coding environments (NXT-G, LabVIEW & RobotC). LEGO components come in the form of a full Mindstorms NXT kit, complete with LEGO building pieces.
For the upcoming 2008-9 FTC season, FIRST has committed donated funds to defraying half of the expense of a new $900 competition kit for each of this seasons registered teams, leaving a total of $450 to acquire this equipment. In addition, another 250 rookie teams will be eligible for a $450 grant on the basis of financial need. Each state FTC partner will receive $5000 toward their program expenses.
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