(as of Sep 10,2021 21:19:09 UTC – Details)
The Solar Cockroach is a little bug that uses solar energy to power a vibrating motor. The vibrations from the motor travel down the legs, causing the bug to scoot around. These little vibrating bugs are essential tools for teaching beginning soldering lessons to students and adults of all ages. This project also offers a lesson in solar energy, motion, vibration, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Simply place the completed Solar Cockroach in the sun and watch it vibrate and scoot around!
Build Time: 10 to 20 minutes
Suitable for grades 4+
Suitable for ages 10 and up
Requires basic soldering knowledge
Solar Cockroach 25-Pack Parts Include:
– 50 Jumbo Paper Clips
– 50 Googly Eyes
– 25 Solar Cells (2V)
– 25 Vibrating Motors
– 25 pcs Magnet Wire
– 1 Roll of Maker Tape
– Online Video Guides
– Online Instructions (English/Spanish)
-No batteries required
TEACHERS: Use kit as a stand-alone activity or as part of a larger solar lesson.
Two different ways to build a Solar 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 project, you will need a hot glue gun and a wire cutter. Project takes 10-20 minutes to complete and will never run out of power sources.
If you plan on using this kit as part of a solar classroom activity, instruct the students to test different types of light sources to see how the solar panel reacts. Typically, only the most powerful artificial lights will trigger the solar cell. To expand the lesson, test heat, brightness of light, solar power generation from each light source, or even use a ruler to take readings at different distances from each light source.
SOLAR COCKROACHES – These are precisely designed and engineered vibrobots that use solar energy to power a vibrating motor.
25-PACK – Twenty-five Solar Cockroaches and complete Instruction Guide included with each order.
LEARN ABOUT SOLAR ENERGY, MOTION AND VIBRATION – Use this kit as a stand-alone activity or as part of a larger solar lesson. Project takes only 10-20 minutes to complete.
TEACHES VALUABLE STEM AND STEAM FUNDAMENTALS – Simply place the completed Solar Cockroach in the sun and watch it vibrate and scoot around! Vary your results by placing the Solar Cockroach under different light sources to observe changes in movement.
LEARN SIMPLE SOLDERING – Kits are great for teaching beginning soldering lessons to students (and adults) of all ages.