Robot Builder's Guide - Pitsco TETRIX PRIME for NI myRIO

This builder’s guide provides students with an introduction to robotics and engineering that is designed to instill confidence and creativity. With the assistance of this guide, students will learn to use the Pitsco TETRIX PRIME® building system and myRIO to construct and automate three model robots that complete basic to advanced tasks. For each robot, students build the physical assembly, connect sensors and actuators, run programs in LabVIEW, and learn the high-level controls theory that applies to the robot's function. Students are encouraged to apply their creativity and the skills they learn to develop additional functionality for the model robots, and create new robot designs on their own.
by PITSCO Education



  • Students gain hands-on experience in mechanical design, mechatronics, graphical programming and control theory
  • Students can apply their analytical and creating thinking by expanding the functionality of model robots, and creating their own designs  


LevelUniv University
Topic Introduction to Engineering, Robotics
Style Project-Based
Prerequisite Skills Introductory Electronics and Physics


Students are tasked with building a robot that can drive, turn and process commands from a computer via WiFi. Students will later add more advanced functionality such autonomous operation. This first project is a versatile and fun starting point for a variety of mechatronics design projects.
The TETRIX Prime Balancing Arm is an assembly that demonstrates how control concepts taught in engineering classes can be applied. Students will learn how to integrate sensors, servos and a PID control algorithm with a robot that balances a ball in a position specified by the user.
The self balancing robot is a complex closed-loop control system that autonomously balances itself in place. Students build the mechanical structure, create a system that read multiple sensor inputs, and implement a PD control algorithm to keep the robot upright.


Provides reconfigurable I/O that allows you to teach and implement multiple design concepts with one device.


LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.


The Pitsco TETRIX PRIME for myRIO kit helps students apply the engineering concepts they learn in the classroom to real controls and robotics systems. They can begin by following step-by-step instructions for getting started, constructing assemblies, and programming myRIO for basic functionality.

Required Software

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  • myRIO Software Bundle (2013 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit
  • Accompanying LabVIEW Code Download

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