Update: The contest is now closed. I’ll be gathering the entires and sending them to our judges over the next week or two. Stay tuned for a post announcing the winners. If you won I will also contact you via email. Thanks and good luck!
The past few months have been a lot of fun, with us giving away nearly $750 dollars of awesome robot prizes. But, we’re not done yet! April is the official 10 year anniversary of GoRobotics.net and we’ve saved the best prizes for last! This month we’ll be giving away over $1,000 dollars of prizes from our sponsors Pololu, Zagros Robotics, Solarbotics , Vex Robotics, Apress, and No Starch Press. Our sponsors have been incredibly generous and we hope to be able to offer more contests in the future.
The final robot giveaway is going to be a little tougher to enter than previous contests. This is only fair because we’ve got some awesome prizes and we have confidence that you, our faithful readers, will rise to the challenge. To enter this month’s contest, post a link in the comments to a project that you’ve built. It can be a link to your own website, a forum, or something similar, but we suggest adding your project to RobotBox and posting a link to that (shameless promotion, natch!). One entry per person, so pick your best project.
Here’s how the prizes will be awarded:
1. First prize goes to our favorite project. Favorite will be voted on by a panel of folks TBA.
2. Second prize goes to the second place favorite.
3. Third prize goes to a randomly selected project – this means there’s no excuse for you not to submit your project no matter how “good” you think it is!
The contest ends April 30th, at 12AM EST. Comments are moderated to prevent spam. Your comment won’t show up till the moderator has approved it.
Grand Prize Vex Dual Controller Starter Bundle with RobotC (donated by Vex Robotics), Pololu Jrk 21v3 USB Motor Controller (donated by Pololu), Build Your Own CNC Machine (donated by Apress), LEGO Mindstorms NXT One-Kit Wonders (donated by No Starch Press). ($605 total!)
The GoRobotics 10 year birthday giveaway Grand Prize is a complete Vex Robotics Dual Controller Starter Bundle with RobotC included! Vex has done a fabulous job of creating a unique and powerful robotics development system that is used across the globe in several popular robotics competitions for high school and middle school students. This prize includes everything you need to get started constructing amazing robotic creations. It includes the basic Protobot Robot Kit with over 300 parts and plans for building two robots. It also comes with a microcontroller and RobotC for autonomous creations, and a transmitter and receiver pair for RC ‘bots. Note: Because of the receiver/transmitter this kit can only be shipped in the US.
Along with the Vex Robotics system, the Grand Prize winner will also win a Jrk 21V3 USB Motor Controller from Pololu. It is a highly configurable brushed DC motor controller that supports four input modes – USB, serial, analog voltage and RC control. It can be used with closed-loop feedback for speed or position control, or as an open-loop controller. It can continuously supply 3A from 8v – 28v.
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.
2nd Place Prize – Parallax Penguin Robot , Extreme NXT (donated by Apress), Wall Hugging Mouse Kit (donated by Zagros Robotics), LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots (donated by No Starch Press) ($268 total!)
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.
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.
The Wall Hugging Mouse uses a simple two-motor system to scurry along the wall. It is quick and easy to assemble and makes great kit for kids to try out.
3rd Place Prize – Oomlout Arduino Experimenters Kit (donated by Solarbotics), Practical Arduino and LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0: The Kings Treasure (donated byApress), and The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide (donated by No Starch Press) ($165 total!)
The Arduino Experimenters kit from Oomlout comes with 11 electronic experiments along with all of the hardware to implement them. It comes with breadboard overlay cards to clearly illustrate where everything hooks up. Items in the kit include an Arduino Duemilanove, wire, LEDs, DC motor, a servo, speakers, buttons, a temperature sensor, and several others. This is an excellent way to get introduced to Arduino, microcontrollers, electronics and a little programming.
To go along with the Arduino Experimenters Kit, we’ve included the book Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware, by Jonathan Oxer and Hugh Blemings, which will tech you how to create your own Arduino-based designs, learn the arduino programming language, and will guide you through many practical projects from home automation to test equipment. This book is for hobbyists and developers interested in physical computing using a low-cost, easy-to-learn platform.
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0: The Kingâ€™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.
The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set is a very powerful robotics toolkit, but it lacks a detailed user’s guide. This is the user’s guide that every MINDSTORMS owner needs. The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventorâ€™s Guide begins by introducing the NXT set and directing the reader through setup. Following this is an in-depth discussion of the set’s electronic elements and other LEGO pieces as well as building techniques. Next, it covers the NXT-G programming environment and introduces several unofficial programming languages, providing examples of code and programming insights along the way. Finally, it presents a method for designing NXT robots in addition to a series of projects with building and programming instructions for creating complete robots.
- To enter the contest, you must comment on this post and include a link to a project you’ve built.
- First place winner must reside in the US (due to restrictions on shipping the receiver in the Vex kit). If the winner is out side the US, he/she can choose to take the 2nd place prize instead.
- Giveaway ends April 30th, 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.
- GoRobotics.net makes NO WARRANTY or GUARANTEES about these prizes.
- GoRobotics.net can change the rules WHENEVER IT WANTS.
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