BUILD REP RT:
Mini Bot Hockey Bots: Part 1
● by Pete Smith
Playing bot hockey is great fun, and it’s a big hit with the
crowds at events. I have my own
full team of 15 lb class bots
(Figure 1), and I detailed their
design and build in the October
2011 issue of SERVO Magazine.
I also use the bots in the
classes I teach each year at
summer camp. The kids race and
fight Sumo battles with them. It
would be great to also have bot
hockey matches, but an arena for
bots that large is too big for a
high school classroom.
The need for something a bit
smaller has been in the back of
my mind for some time, but it was
a request by a couple of
customers for a quote for just
such a smaller bot that got me
They wanted something for
use at birthday parties, etc., that
would fit into a double garage or
on a driveway. The bots had to be
reliable, easy to repair, and have a
I designed a small hockey bot
to meet their specifications, but
the deal fell through when the full
costs of building a fleet of eight+
bots became clear.
However, I decided to go
ahead and build a set for use at
the summer camps. The kids could
build and then compete with the
bots (which should keep them
busy and happy for at least a
couple of days!).
There is an existing “Junior”
class of smaller bot hockey bots;
details of which can be found at
However, I found that it would
FIGURE 1. Team Scotch Pies.
FIGURE 2. Trilobite with scoop.
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