K’NEX, and other brands.
Online outlet for LEGO
products, including spare parts
Informational page for the LEGO
Mindstorms sets. Be sure to check out
the user-to-user forums to see what
other LEGO builders are up to.
Resellers of the Mark III mini
Sumo robot kit, originally designed
by the Portland Area Robotics
Society (PARTS) for mini Sumo
competitions. The kit includes all
hardware, motors, wheels, and
electronics. The website also sells
low-cost sensors, such as the Sharp
IR proximity modules, and various
support electronics common in
Offers an expandable metal robot
base, which includes motors, wheels,
microcontroller, and other electronics.
Kit of parts for turning a Texas
Instruments scientific calculator into
Entry-level “deskpet” robot kit.
The OOBug differentiates itself
in that it is designed to build
cooperative or social robots, able to
communicate and share information
between each other.
Only Toys carries metal Erector
sets; most are for building
vehicles, and some (like the Steam
Engine) are quite elaborate. The
company also sells Rokenbok radio
Importer of the OWI robot line of
In addition to microcontrollers
such as the BASIC Stamp, Parallax
offers numerous robot kits,
including the BOE-Bot (wheeled)
and Penguin (walking). Also offers
robot components, such as wheels,
servos, and sensors.
Makers of small plastic robot
bases designed for use with Tamiya
motors. Also sells servos, wheels,
and treads and sprockets for
building tracked robots, as well as
sensors, microcontrollers, and other
German-based manufacturer and
seller of small robot kits for education.
Website is in Deutsch and English.
New owners of the RB5X educational robot. As noted on the website,
“The RB5X robot has been produced
for over 20 years. With a proven
track record and a developed set of
teaching aids, it is a great choice
for any classroom.” Full kits and
individual parts available.
Aluminum robot kits, primarily
designed for educational use. The
aluminum pieces and servos can be
constructed in numerous ways to
make a variety of robotic forms.
Manufacturer’s site for the
Robotis line of robot construction sets
and parts. Check out the dealer
pages to find a reseller near you.
Resellers of Fischertechnik and
other robot construction sets.
Robot Kits Direct
Plastic robot kits in various skill
levels, from beginner to advanced.
An example is the OWI-9910 Weasel,
which combines touch sensing and a
basic wall hugging behavior.
Primary retailer of BEAM robots
— a “simple is better” approach to
design. Products include various
light-attracted bugs and walking
robot kits, motors, solar cells, and
Home page for Tamiya. Check
out their Educational Construction
Series line of kits, such as the remote
controlled robot construction set. No
online ordering, but you can use the
product listing to see what’s available.
Timberdoodle specializes in home
education products. They offer a
good selection of Fischertechnik kits
at good prices. Also sells K’NEX and
electronics learning labs. Be sure to
check their “swan gong” closeout
VexLabs Vex Robotics Kits
Makers of the VEX Robotics
Design System. Use their online
ordering system. SV
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