The company says it is designed to teach various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. The company, based in Pittsburg, Kan., also notes that it is engineered to be simple and intuitive, enabling students to construct and modify robots easily and quickly.
It has a patented "quick rivet" snap fastener for fast and secure assembly. In addition, parts can be connected with a specialized thumbscrew that provides additional strength and durability.
"Quality, durability and ease of use were our primary focal points," says Pitsco Education Research and Development Manager Paul Uttley. "Students want their robots to be as strong as possible, yet be relatively easy to assemble and modify on the fly."
On the company's website, it's listed at $329 and recommended for ages 12 and older. The set includes enough parts, pieces, motors, and instructions to complete three different robot models plus a gamepad-style, four-channel wireless controller for easy operation of the motors and servos that bring robots to life. It requires four AA batteries, which are not included.
The product is compatible with many programming platforms, including National Instruments' myRIO, LEGO Education's NXT and EV3, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi, among others. This empowers students to engineer robots capable of performing whatever their minds imagine.