ETA Tech Talk: Robots at BARN (Free Event)

  • Sunday, July 10, 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • The Great Room at BARN. Class code: EL071022KL
  • 7


Registration is closed

You may have seen TV shows such as BattleBots® and thought it might be cool to build a robot of your own. Maybe you'd like a robot to use at home or perhaps to compete in battle. Or possibly you’re thinking you could design a better robot yourself.

This Tech Talk will show the different options for getting into combat robotics from the entry level 150g robots to the enormous robots that can send refrigerators 20 feet into the air! We’ll show examples of each weight class and the typical costs for each.

Keith will address how a competition works and how matches are managed. He’ll also cover the basic components to build a robot and how the BARN ETA studio’s 3D printers and laser cutters can be used to make components. He’ll also show where you can get robots and designs on the internet.

Finally, we’ll talk about the “secrets” to winning and how you can get involved in this new sport. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to build a robot. 


  • This class is free, but you must register. No drop-ins, please.
  • Ages 13+ are welcome with an adult or 18+ without an adult.
  • This class is located in BARN's Great Room on the upper floor.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 


Keith La Plain - Keith is a retired physicist who has spent the last 30 years developing medical devices and systems. His experience in electronics, software and more recently mechanical design has driven his interest in robotics and all things IOT.

Contact: [email protected]

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