So over the past few weeks I have been putting together a series of tutorials on building a Sumo/line following robot. This robot is used in my level 1 engineering class. I base the whole course around this project. It teaches students CAD design, sheet metal design and manufacturing. Lathe operations, material science, gear ratios and transmissions, micro control operations and computer programming.
Other sites reference and used for this project
My personal web page. 8 assignments that students complete before starting programming their robot
http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/ They have a free text book available that is amazing
http://jeremyblum.com/ tons of Arduino references, with a nice tutorial video series.
BC materials suppliers:
Lee's electronics, local supplier for Arduino (thank you for donating Arduino boards for the conference)
Jameco electronics, best place for the TI H-bridge
Bar-z-all steel (Surrey) - Steel supplier
Plastics works (Surrey) - plastics supplier
Other relevant files:
Sensor Schematic (Eagle) Sensor Board (Eagle) Garduino Schmatic (Eagle, from Arduino.cc) Garduino Board (Eagle) Garduino - Arduino code Digital Line follower code (Sample bot) Analog Sensor code
Sample light display Code Programmable light display Schematic (untested) Programmable light display board (untested) Sumo Bot Parts List