Robot Kits with Soldering

The robot kits in this section require soldering. Because they are not designed specifically as soldering tutorials, these might not make a best first soldering project. However, if you have some soldering experience (or if someone with soldering experience can help you), these kits should be straightfoward to assemble. You’ll need to supply your own soldering equipment and solder; one place to start is the learn to solder kit.

Pololu item #: 2505
Price: $42.95
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This combination deal contains most of the parts you need to build an Arduino-controlled Zumo robot. It consists of a Zumo Shield for Arduino, a Zumo chassis kit, and a Zumo blade. You will also need a pair of micro metal gearmotors, four AA batteries, and an Arduino to complete your Zumo robot (motors, batteries, and Arduino sold separately). This product is a kit; assembly (including soldering) is required.

Pololu item #: 2152
Price: $27.95
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The m3pi expansion kit contains everything you need to turn your 3pi robot into an enhanced m3pi robot. The expansion PCB ships with all the surface-mount parts populated, but the included headers, buttons, and connectors must be soldered in.

Pololu item #: 979
Price: $11.95
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This kit gives you everything you need to add a second level to your 3pi robot. The black printed circuit board matches the color of the 3pi and has cutouts that let you view the LCD below and make it easier to reach the power button, reset button, and programming header.

Pololu item #: 977
Price: $19.95
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This kit gives you everything you need to add a second level to your 3pi robot. The red printed circuit board has cutouts that let you view the LCD below and make it easier to reach the power button, reset button, and programming header.

Pololu item #: 978
Price: $19.95
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This kit gives you everything you need to add a second level to your 3pi robot. In this version, the LCD pins are brought up to the expansion board from the base via extended headers for your own custom use. This black printed circuit board matches the color of the 3pi and can also serve as a general-purpose round prototyping board.

Pololu item #: 976
Price: $19.95
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This kit gives you everything you need to add a second level to your 3pi robot. In this version, the LCD pins are brought up to the expansion board from the base via extended headers for your own custom use. This red printed circuit board can also serve as a general-purpose round prototyping board.

Pololu item #: 1039
Price: $5.95
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This product contains all of the hardware included in the 3pi expansion kit without cutouts, but it does not include the expansion PCB.

Pololu item #: 189
Price: $98.50
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If you have been thinking about getting your own mini sumo robot but were waiting for the right kit to come along, we might just have the one for you! No programming is necessary to get the Sumovore going: it has a sumo wrestling mode and a line following mode, and assembly is easy with the step-by-step instructions written just for beginners. This robot outperforms many other robots, even in its standard configuration, and there are options to expand on its basic capabilities.

Pololu item #: 301
Price: $34.16
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The line-tracking mouse is an excellent, low-cost robot for someone who has previous soldering experience and would like to get started with robots. This kit features two independent gearboxes, two printed circuit boards, a plywood base, and a clear, mouse-shaped body.

Pololu item #: 302
Price: $19.95
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This kit is a low-cost implementation of the common introductory robot that backs up and turns when it hears a sound or hits an obstacle. The kit is quite basic, but because the instructions do not provide soldering instructions, we recommend this kit for someone who has completed at least one previous soldering project.