Links to forums or other information

Some other links that you might find useful:

Making Electric Circuits and Other Electronics Projects

How to Make a Battery

Electrical Education: Science Lessons and Activities

Residential Electrical Circuits Explained

And thanks to Hannah and her Scout troop for this useful guide to basic concepts of electricity

Links to other robot clubs

Robotics Clubs in Canada


City Club Name
AB Calgary WCRS/WCRG – Western Canadian Robotics Society
BC Vancouver VRC – Vancouver Robotics Club
BC Victoria Vancouver Island Robotics
MB Winnipeg Manitoba Robot Games
MB Winnipeg WARS – Winnipeg Area Robots Society
ON Ottawa ORE – Ottawa Robotics Enthusiasts
ON Toronto ECRG – Eastern Canadian Robot Games
QC Montreal RoboMontreal

Robotics Clubs in the United States

State City Club Name
AL Huntsville TMARS – The Mid-south Area Robotics Society
AZ Phoenix PAReX – Phoenix Area Robotics eXperimenters
CA Fullerton Robotics Society of Southern California
CA Riverside Riverside Robotics Society
CA San Diego SDRS – San Diego Robotics Society
CA San Francisco RSA – Robotics Society of America
CA San Jose HomeBrew Robotics Club
CO Denver DARC – Denver Area Robotics Club
CT Hartford CRS – Connecticut Robotics Society
GA Atlanta AHRC – Atlanta Hobby Robot Club
ID Boise – Robotic Online Community
IL Chicago ChiBots – Chicago Area Robotics Group
IL Peoria CIRC – Central Illinois Robotics Club
IN Lafayette Greater Lafayette Lego Robotics Club
MI Ann Arbor Michigan (MI) Robotics Club
MN Minneapolis TCRG – Twin Cities Robotics Group
MO St. Louis MARS – Missouri Area Robotics Society
NC Raleigh TAR – Triangle Area Robotics
NH Nashua Nashua Robot Builders
NV Las Vegas Las Vegas Robot Club
NY Buffalo BufBotics
MA Haverhill Tech Geeks
OR Grants Pass SORC – Southern Oregon Robotics Club
OR Portland PARTS – Portland Area Robotics Society
PA Newtown Delaware Valley Robotics Club
PA Pittsburg Carnegie Mellon Robotics Club
TX Austin The Robot Group
TX Dallas DPRG – Dallas Personal Robotics Group
UT Logan USURobotics – Utah State University Robotics Club
WA Seattle SRS – Seattle Robotics Society

Links to companies, vendors, etc.

British Columbia

BC Robotics (Nanaimo, BC)
Gateway Bot Shop LEGO and Robotics – Classes, Workshops, Camps and BDAY Parties
Industrial Plastics & Paints: Plastic Materials (Richmond and Langley, BC)
Marginally Clever: Drawbots and more (Vancouver, BC)
PlasticWorks: Plastic Materials (Surrey and Abbotsford, BS)
R.P. Electronics: Electronics in the Lower Mainland (Burnaby, BC)
SMI Industrial Electronics (Langley, BC)
SOC Machines (North Vancouver, BC)


Canada Drones: Your Canadian source for UAV gear! (Mississauga, ON)
DigiKey Canada: Lots of electronics components
Dr. Robot: Wireless Robotics (Toronto, ON)
Future Electronics eStore: Lots of electronics components (Pointe-Claire, QC)
Great Hobbies: Small Batteries (Edmonton, AB)
Plantraco Hobbies: Lithium Polymer Batteries and Chargers (Saskatoon, SK)
Solarbotics: Robotics Information and kits (Calgary, AB)
Robots in Search: Carries some Pololu stuff (Toronto, ON) Parts, Kits, & more (Montreal, QC)
Rouge Robotics: Small online store (Markham, ON)
SpikenzieLabs: Arduino, parts, and more(Montreal, QC)


Acroname: Parts and Kits
Active Robots (UK)
AutomationDirect: high-technology automation products directly to the consumer
Budget Robotics: Affordable Robotics Parts The Mark III Store – Inexpensive parts
Kronos Robotics: Parts, Kits, Useful Information
Lynxmotion: Good Quality robotics kits
MakingThings: Modular blocks for automation
NPC Robotics: Lots of useful stuff for larger (aka BattleBot) sized robots
Online Components: Electronic components distributor, similar to Digi-Key and Mouser
Parallax: Your Basic Stamp Manufacturer
Pololu: parts, and these guys do custom laser cutting
Robot Directory: A collection of user submitted robots
Small Parts: Lots of small stuff that’s difficult to get
SparkFun: Many, many interesting electronic widgets and parts
SmartRobots: Beacon Navigation kits and Software
The Robot Store: Kits & everything robotic