PARTS Mini-Sumo Kit Mark II: Overview

Click here to view a Quicktime object movie of the robot (see all sides of it)

"It's a great looking robot." - Daryl


The mini-sumo robot consists of 5 major components:

  1. Parallax Inc.'s BASIC STAMP 1 computer chip programmable in BASIC using a PC.
  2. A sensor board mounted on the top front of the robot.
  3. Two Futaba 3003 RC servos, available from hobby stores such as Tower Hobbies. These are the motors to drive the robot. NOTE: these are not included with the kit, and must be purchased separately.
  4. Unibody frame with front scoop, back panel, and wheels.
  5. Printed circuit board that ties all the components together.

Please read through the documentation before beginning this project. This will give you an idea of how all the pieces go together and how to make modifications. A basic knowledge of electronics, soldering, and programming is a good idea to be successful with this project.


The main PCB with most of its parts.

Tools Required

  • small tipped soldering iron
  • solder
  • solder wick or solder sucker - to remove solder
  • wire cutters
  • wire strippers
  • small nosed pliers
  • small tip Phillips screw driver
  • small hand drill with 1/8 and 3/32 drill bits
  • hot glue gun (optional)
  • double sided sticky foam tape (now included with the kit)
  last updated 3/6/2001