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It’s time once again to give away some cool robot prizes to celebrate the 10th birthday of GoRobotics! If you didn’t win last month’s contest, have no fear, try again this month (and the month after!). We have some great robot prizes from our sponsors, SuperDroid RobotsApress, and Pololu.

There are three ways of entering this month’s contest:

1. Simply comment on this post and tell us why you should win.
2. Follow GoRobotics on Twitter and leave a comment below telling us your Twitter username.
3. Retweet the following, “Enter’s 10 Year Birthday Robot Giveaway“. Leave a comment when you do.


Winners will be chosen at random. Three winners will be chosen and the first winners will get his/her choice of the prizes, second place gets second choice and third place gets whatever is left over! The contest ends FEBRUARY 28th, 2010 at 12AM EST. Comments are moderated to prevent spam. Your comment won’t show up till the moderator has approved it. Here are this month’s prizes:

1st Place Prize – Parallax Penguin Robot worth $200 USD.

The Penguin Robot by Parallax is a unique walking robot. Using two micro servos and precisely CNC machined parts, the robot can walk via a “tilt-stride action” gait. The cute little penguin comes equipped with a digital compass to track its heading, two photoresistors for sensing ambient light and light tracking, and two infrared emitters and a detector for obstacle avoidance. The Penguin Robot comes with a 7-segment LED indicator and a piezo buzzer for making sound. This is a great kit for getting into robotics, and you should set aside about 4 hours to assemble him.

2nd Place Prize – Build Your Own CNC Machine, Extreme NXT, and LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0: The Kings Treasure (donated by Apress) worth $75 USD

The second place prize is a whole raft of excellent books from Apress.

Build Your Own CNC Machine is the book to get you started in fabricating your own parts. CNC expert Patrick Hood-Daniel and best-selling author James Kelly team up to show you how to construct your very own CNC machine for about $500 – $1000 USD. Then they go on to show you how to use it, how to document your designs in Computer-Aided Design programs, and how to output your designs as specifications and tool paths that feed into the CNC machine, controlling it as it builds whatever parts your imagination can dream up.

Extreme NXT shows you how to advance the NXT with more than 45 exciting projects that include creating a cool magic wand that writes words in thin air, building a remotely guided vehicle, and constructing sophisticated robots that can sense color, light, temperature, and more. All projects are explained with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, so you’ll be able to create them successfully whether you’re a novice or an expert. This book also shows you how to expand the programming software and use the alternative language NXC.

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0: The King’s Treasure is written for children ages 10 and up who want to learn to design, build, and operate robots using LEGO’s immensely popular MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 robotics kit. The book leads readers through a series of five projects centered on an engaging story line. It can be read by kids alone, or it can provide the spark for a wonderful series of parent/child activities.

3rd Place Prize – 2x 24V 195 RPM Gear Motors (donated by Super Droid Robots) worth $40 USD

These powerful 24V motors donated by Super Droid Robots will kick-start your next robot project. They are high-quality motors with steel gears (not cheap plastic), and used in Super Droid’s All-terrain robots. They use a 1:27 gear reduction and have an amazing 12 kgf-cm of torque. That means they could lift a 26 lb (12 kg) load using a 1 cm lever arm! They are rated for < 250 mA of drive current. Get started building something cool!

Update: Congratulations to our winners, Gerry Blondeaux, Dalton Caughell, and Matt Thouvenot.

Rules/Regulations/Fine Print:

  • To enter the contest, you must comment on this post.
  • Giveaway ends February 28th, at 12AM EST (9PM PST)
  • One prize package per winner.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter the contest it’s free!>
  • Everyone is eligible, but shipping is free to only those in the Continental US: if you are outside this area, you will have to pay for shipping.
  • PayPal is required to pay for shipping if you live out of the Continental US
  • Winners will be contacted via email supplied in the comment form.
  • You have 48 hrs to respond to the email and choose your prize package.
  • makes NO WARRANTY or GUARANTEES about these prizes.
  • can change the rules WHENEVER IT WANTS.

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87 Responses to “GoRobotics February Robot Prize Giveaway!”

  1. Anthony Murillo

    I think I should win because I am new to making robotic things and would like a good kit that could really teach me a lot.

  2. Anthony Murillo

    I think I should win because I am new to making robotic things and would like a good kit that could really teach me a lot. My Twitter username is geekdadof6

  3. Francesco Corsini

    Hi, and thanks for this opportunity.
    I’m a student who just started diving into the deep world of robotics(almost 4 month), but i have had a passion for these things since i was a little kid. I’m glad to see that these sponsor are so nice! I will consider them for future online orders. I hope to win this so i can keep moving forward with my passion.
    My username on twitter is fraco92

  4. Andrii Nakryiko

    Hi! I’m starting to learn robotics as a part of my learning process in university and it will be really great to get some more stuff to experiment with! Thanks for the great opportunity!

  5. Forrest

    Just a nerdy roboticist – that should be enough to be entered in the drawing

  6. Gideon Johnsonn

    I would really like to win one of these prizes as I have a real passion for robotics. We don’t have a much of a robotics community in South Africa, which means that most robot kits have to be imported at great expense from overseas.
    I believe that getting this kit will help me to get more people excited about robotics and generate the demand required for the hobby shops to start importing the kits themselves.

  7. Matt Thouvenot

    I believe I should win because as a systems developer, I helped teach a company printer how to talk via twitter as part of an experiment. It’s intelligently witty. :)

    (It stopped tweeting after we upgraded to a new printer).

    Twitter username: lbprint

  8. Thomas Nielsen

    I am obsessed with robots.

    I would rather be building robots then going to work.

    Only other thing I’d rather be doing when not working on my robot is playing with my son.


  9. Mike

    I want to get a PHD in Robotics or AI (assuming I can find a college that lets me work at least half time while I’m going) and want to experiment more with robotics while I’m still working on my Master’s

  10. Joker94

    I would love to win the motors as i am currently developing a robot but i cant find any reasonably priced motors and if i won it would be a massive contribution to my robotics and help me reach my goal a lot sooner. I think what you are doing is a brilliant help to the robot community and greatly appreciated by us all.

  11. JennyO

    Oh wow! I just discovered this blog. I love robots and love building things, and I’m always looking to increase my library/inventory/army of mechanical animals. Now off to read the archives!

  12. Goutham Gandhi Nadendla

    Hmmmm let me say ….actually I think the free robot can made into a lot better one..

  13. Grundy

    Robots rule!!! yea great prizes. I would love that Penguin Robot. A free walking robot how cool would that be

  14. Janie Stape

    I should win this prize because I just finished a class in robotics and need the kits, robots, etc. to use in my elementary classroom.

  15. Kellie Miller

    Hi! Happy Birthday! My twitter name is Javajini, I retweeted the message and posted here. I should win this prize because I’m awesome! 😉

  16. Rodney

    This is a great idea – in addition to offering new ideas to your readers, it also helps promote products I have never seen before, and all of this while increasing the traffic to your website – a win, win, win, situation for everyone!

    I have already added the “build your own cnc” book to my future book wishlist… 😉

  17. Gerry Blondeaux

    I am an electrical designer for a lighting and power distribution company and I have decided to learn the smaller electrical components. I purchased my first Arduino kit and I have started to work on it. I feel that being honored with this prize will accelerate my learning and provide me with a great base of which to design great things from. Thank you for offering such great prizes and taking the time to read this comment.
    The best to whoever wins!

  18. Claudio Miklos

    Hi! Happy Birthday! I need to win! this motors will help me to drive my hexapod project.. please send them to me! Your site is greate!

  19. David

    3 boys and not much of a budget for robotics is why I would like to win.

  20. Alex Dinsmoor

    I’m a high school student on my schools robotics team, and I love everything robotics. Unfortunately being in High School, I don’t have much money to do projects with. Any of these would be a great contribution to my robotics love!

  21. Dalton Caughell

    I love building robots and I am hoping to start a company with a friend.

  22. Dale

    Wow! I can’t wait to win one of those prizes. My 7 and 9 year old kids would love to learn and play with the penguin, or with the Lego books. If I got third prize, I could definitely use those motors on a project. Thanks!!

  23. Calvin Tirrell

    I think I should win for three reasons:
    1. I am currently subscribed to the go robotics news feed via google reader.
    2. I am in a fairly new robotics club at the University of Washington and could really use parts and other help!
    3. I love robots because they are the future and I want to be a part of it.

  24. Doug Erickson

    I think I should win because I think I should win because I think I should win because I think I should win.

  25. robert m geraci

    i should win because i’m trying to home school my kids (because i want them to like learning and not just take standardized tests all of the time) and both of them love robots. it would be a learning experience for all of us!

  26. Matt Thouvenot

    Can I win? I’ve been wanting to build a combination 3d scanner/3d printer using open source and freeware software, and construct the hardware myself. I want it to have a housing large enough to scan a human. Is that reason enough for you? :)

  27. Matt Thouvenot

    Almost forgot: I tweeted the repost using the username lbprint (it’s our printer’s twitter account actually, ’cause I don’t have one for myself). Another reason to win: I’m one of those guys who likes to tinker in robotics. I’m already a competent programmer, but I always want to keep learning.

  28. Alan Horning

    Would love to win. Currently I’m unemployed and would love to win some goodies to help with my robotic quests until I get back on my feet and can afford to buy some things.

  29. Whit Stodghill

    I try my best to eat, drink, build robots and whatever else I do for the same reasons you do…

  30. William Huang

    IDK why i should win, but it would be nice as a high schoolar to experiment with such madness :p.

    Penguins will one day take over

  31. Derrick Huestis

    Thanks for the opportunity! I read about this in the Parallax forums.

  32. xirdal

    Basically, if I win you will be helping me further expand my robot army(current size of 0 and counting) and it will bring delight to my son. Yet is this enough of a reason for you to know i am truly deserving of such a gift? Perhaps, perhaps not, so please allow me to elaborate on my plans:
    1.) My robot army will assist me in laboratory work
    2.) My robot army will protect my underground (hidden in a dormant volcano of course) laboratory from vengeful pirates and ninjas.
    3.) Just be cause I lean towards being somewhat of a mad gentleman scientist does not mean that i do not have the good of humanity in mind, so, I will not use my robot army to enslave humanity in a matrixesque virtual world or bomb the hell outta the planet and then chase the last remnants of humanity across the cold dark blackness of space( ala cylons). Instead I will continue to plug away at some of the hardest problems facing humanity and the environment such as: The North Pacific Trash vortex cleanup; deep sea virtual navigation and exploration; flying penguins.

    I have tweeted as requested and started following you
    on twitter I am Xirdal


  33. Robotics And Beyond

    We should win this contest because Robotics & Beyond is a non-profit science and engineering summer camp, and we love to give our kids lots of options. Winning a penguin robot would be awesome (but honestly not as awesome as winning a swarm of robotic killer bees).

  34. Daniel Kohn

    I am constantly on the go trying to get people involved in robotics and always need new robots to show off! I do demo’s for K-12+ and am currently involved in mentoring several teams for various contest.

    As someone else said…you never have too many bots!

  35. kamu

    I think I should win because robots never leave you (unless you program them to!).. but people do :(.

  36. Kelly Taylor

    Would really like to win because I can use all the help I can get. Just ask my friends!
    Congratulations on 10 years!

  37. Sondra

    I would like to win so I could give the prize to my son’s best friend. He loves robotics!

  38. Rich

    Are atheists welcome to enter?

    “Whether you eat, or drink, [or build robots], or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Cor. 10:31

  39. Eric

    With the right tools a creative mind can make anything. I’ve got the creative mind, I would like to win the tools.

  40. Renato

    Good Job and congratulations =) I luv the site and all robot stuffs! wish someday work for MIT tought…

  41. Kevin

    I am a highschooler who has been getting involved in robotics with a few friends and am taking a few classes next year that involve robotics. Of course, we could use some new stuff to play with

  42. Del

    Why? So I can further the construction of my robotic minions! *insert maniacal laughter here*

  43. v3nom

    I am new in robotics and am still waiting for my arduino duemilanove to come, but this stuff would be really useful for me.

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