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The best thing about learning to build and program Robots is that you can start with something small and build from there. There are not a lot of truly mysterious pieces in the kits that most schools use. As a result you can build a really powerful base of knowledge and experience from the LEGO and VEX kits we use in our schools.


Some schools focus their efforts around the LEGO and VEX kits used in the Comox Valley. Other schools, and classes, build their robots from scrap - Skills Canada Sumo Bots and Robots can be build from old photocopies, vacuums, and scrap pieces of wiring and wood. Check out the "Competitions" page for more information of the different competitions.


The information on this page in meant to provide background about some of the different Classroom Kits that are available. (We are not recommending any of these suppliers.) It also provides informational list of possible Commercial Suppliers. These links are here for a possible source - but we'd recommend that you check local toy, enthusiast and electronic stores when you are looking for resources. (One piece of advice: when looking to price material - compare prices to and Then talk to local suppliers about their prices.)

You can also check out Robot Magazine (we do recommend them). It provides great articles and it also has a wealth of advertisements to suppliers we have not identified.



This list is for informational use only. We offer no recommendations. We provide this information so that you can get a sense of where and how the field of school orientated robots is evolving. (We use LEGO and VEX kits in the district.) Check all suppliers, especially those you do not know, before making any purchases.

  1. LEGO Mindstorms
  2. VEX Robotics


OTHER KITS (Used in other schools)

  1. Aldebaran Robotics - the Nao Robot - from France
  2. Arduino - from Italy
  3. AreXX - from Germany
  4. Botball - KISS Institute for Practical Robotics
  5. dfRobot - from China

  6. Festo-Didactic Robotino - from Germany
  7. Fischertechnik - from Germany
  8. INEX Robotics - from Thailand
  9. iRobot Create - from the USA
  10. Parallax kits: Boe-Bot to SumoBot - from the USA

  11. Pololu kits - from the USA
  12. Qfix robot kits - from Germany
    • Qfix - from Wikipedia
  13. Robotis - Bioloid - from Korea
  14. Tetrix Robotics (uses LEGO and other parts) - Pitsco USA



  1. iDesign Solutions - Canada
  2. The - Canada
  3. Spectrum Educational - Canada
  4. VEX Robotics - Canada and USA

  5. BCRobotics - Nanaimo
  6. Marginally Clever - Vancouver
  7. Robotsinsearch - Canada

  8. Arexx Engineering - Netherlands
  9. Carl's Electronics - USA
  10. The EE Compendiums - USA
  11. Generation ROBOT - France
  12. Innovati - Taiwan
  13. Jameco's Robot Store - USA
  14. Parallax - USA
  15. The Robot Marketplace - USA
  16. Trossen Robotics - USA




Feel free to send us information on school kits we may have missed and suppliers from around the world. (And...pardon us if we take a while to post links to new suppliers while we check them out.)


Stewart Savard (eLibrarian) and Randy Grey (Career Coordinator)


Created by Stewart Savard SD#71 (Comox Valley) April 2009. Updated March 2016.

 Careers link      

These links connect you to a wealth of teacher resources.

Here are a few links to some of our friends in Robotic Clubs on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Washington State and around the world:


Interested in studying Robotics. These links may help you to find local, national and international opportunities to explore your interests.