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Coaster Bot II

Challenge Coaster Bot

Robot Design Contest

The Challenge

Design a robot using a coaster (CD or DVD) as the development platform, or main body component. From there, anything goes. Design your CoasterBot with any function, shape or size. It may fly across the sky, swim under water or scale a mountain. It may shoot jelly beans, tie your shoes or peel potatoes. Your design will get awarded for creativity.

Judging Criteria

The coasterbot must include a coaster as the main body component and will be judged on the following criteria:
  • 50% innovation and originality
  • 50% ability to meet these three goals:
    1. Navigate a space on its own
    2. Avoid obstacles
    3. Has at least one extra sensing system

How to Enter

No purchase necessary. To enter the contest, follow these two easy steps.

1. To register, simply send an email to [email protected] including your name, address, phone number and a brief description of your coaster bot by July 31, 2013.

2. Enter by submitting a photo and a video link (3 minute maximum) of your bot in action to [email protected] by August 31, 2013. The photo must be a close-up of your robot and the video must indicate the following:
  • Where the coaster is located
  • How the robot works
  • How your entry meets the three goals: navigation, obstacle avoidance, extra sensing system

The Jameco Coaster Bot Kit

Jameco sells a basic CoasterBot Kit for $79.95, which may be used in the design, but you are encouraged to use any materials you see fit and add functionality and originality to your robot.

Contest Timeline

  • June 1 Contest begins. Designers may register and submit entries
  • July 31 Registration ends at midnight
  • Aug 31 Contest ends at midnight. No more entries accepted
  • Oct 1 Winners notified by email and announced in the October Newsletter
  • Oct 1 Prizes sent to winners


  • 1st Prize: Renewable Energy Science Education Kit FCJJ-27 from Horizon Fuelcell
  • 2nd Prize: Parallax Sumobot Robot Kit 27400
  • 3rd Prize: $25 Jameco gift card and Club Jameco t-shirt


If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected]

Rules and Regulations

No purchase necessary to enter. Contest is open to any live person on Earth age 18 or over (those under 18 are encouraged to collaborate with an adult participant). By entering the contest, the participant gives Jameco Electronics the right to post the photo and video on its websites indefinitely. Entries must be the original work of the participant and may not have won previous awards. The designer maintains all rights to the design. Except where prohibited by law, entry into the contest constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, photo and video without limitation for any purpose related to the contest.