As of March 2020 our Showroom is closed. All local customers can continue to place orders online for curbside pickup.

About BC Robotics

BC Robotics Inc. is an online supplier and manufacturer of electronic kits and components based in Nanaimo BC, Canada. We specialize in open source and DIY electronics from many popular suppliers including Adafruit Industries, Sparkfun Electronics, BBC micro:bit, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Pololu, and many more. We also produce a variety of our own accessories and add-on boards for many of the most popular electronics platforms. All orders are placed online through our secure checkout. We ship just about anywhere in the world and offer free curbside pickup at our Nanaimo warehouse.


History

In early 2012, three employees from a training simulator manufacturer started BC Robotics. The group’s past projects ranged from small portable training tools to full rooms of equipment – often entirely custom built. This level of customization meant a lot of specialty electronics were required. Since there wasn’t a local source for anything electronics or robotics related, and the selection available online was limited, this often meant ordering parts from the United States and paying the high cost of international shipping and duty; from that, the idea for BC Robotics was born.
 
The vision was to assemble a selection of interesting tools, kits, and components and offer them through an easy to use online store based in Canada. We would ship the items with simple flat rate shipping, and remove the worry of hidden charges when packages arrived. With these principles in mind, the company was founded in April 2012, and began operations in June 2012. Since then, we have grown considerably from our simple beginnings; in early 2016 we moved to a new warehouse that would allow us to continue to grow.

Shipping

No one likes waiting for shipping notifications after placing an order, so we pride ourselves on getting orders shipped as quickly as possible! In stock orders placed before 3:00PM Pacific Time will ship out that same day. All orders ship from our Canadian warehouse. We offer a variety of domestic and international shipping options to fit your budget no matter where you might be located! For more details, please have a look at our Shipping Information!

Curbside Pickup

Are you just up the street? We offer convenient curbside pickup option at the checkout. Curbside pickup orders placed before 3PM are available the same day. As soon as your order is ready, an email notification is sent out. Curbside pickup is completely contactless – on arrival, just call the telephone number in your notification, and we will place the order in one of our pickup bins. Please Note: We have restricted all access to our building as of March 2020 – we no longer allow for in-person shopping or purchase.


Arduino Controlled Autonomous Lift Bridge – 1st Year Engineering, Vancouver Island University

Education

BC Robotics is a proud supplier of educational institutions across Canada and around the world. We understand how important it is to expose students to electronics and programming in the classroom. We supply a wide variety of kits designed to teach technical skills and concepts found in programming (coding), electronics, mechatronics, and robotics. We also understand that teaching these technical skills is far more complex that handing out kits. Many of our products have extensive tutorials, example software, and teaching resources available. For more information on products, educational pricing, purchase orders, or implementing our kits in the classroom please do not hesitate to contact us.


Early days at Makerspace Nanaimo – March 2014


Community

BC Robotics is an active member of the maker community. In 2013, BC Robotics became involved with the creation of a local Makerspace in Nanaimo. Our close ties to people in the community had sparked many discussions about an open workshop where we could all build and create together. A working group was formed, and in late 2013 Makerspace Nanaimo was founded. Shortly after the group was founded, a space was located, and Makerspace Nanaimo began to grow! With 3800sqft of workshop space and an active member base, Makerspace Nanaimo is a great way to network, learn, and create.


If you have any questions, comments, or just want to share the cool thing you are building – Feel free to reach out to us via Email, Facebook, or Twitter – We would love to hear from you!