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- Solar Cockroach Kit (4pk) by Brown Dog Gadgets
- Lets you create a vibrating solar insect in minutes
- Designed to teach kids about solar energy, motion, and engineering
- Can be built in 10-20 minutes
- No batteries required
- Ages: 10 and up
The Solar Cockroach Kit (4pk) creates a vibrating solar insect in minutes with this fun STEM kit. Solar Cockroach is a simple solar activity designed to teach kids about solar energy, motion, and engineering. Sunlight directly powers a vibrating motor attached to the underside of the Solar Cockroach, no batteries required.
The Solar Cockroach is intended for makers ages 10 and up. There are two different ways to build the Cockroach; either use the included Maker Tape to connect the vibrating motor to the solar cell or use a soldering iron to quickly solder the motor to the solar cell.
To complete this project you will need a hot glue gun and a wire cutter. The project takes 10-20 minutes to complete and will never run out of power since the sun is its power source. Use this kit as a stand-alone activity or as part of a larger solar lesson.
WARNING: Some modern windows are coated with an anti UV layer which will oftentimes prevent the Solar Cockroach from powering the motor. When in doubt have your student go outside in pure direct sunlight.
- 4 x Solar Cockroach