Make your own Roller-Bot

Filed under: Teens, Activities: Babies, Toys

Robots are cool. There's no getting around that fact. So, if you want to score some serious points with your kids, consider helping them put together this spiffy project from the Washington University department of electrical engineering. It's a flashlight-activated robot built on a paint roller chassis. To make it go, simply shine a flashlight at it. It detects the light and takes off.

The parts are simple and readily available from your local Radio Shack and hardware store. While some knowledge of electronics might be helpful, I don't think it's necessary to put this together. This would be a great project for a rainy day (and, unfortunately, we're looking at a lot of those coming up) with an older kid. I could also see this being a neat project for a birthday party. Plus you have the added bonus that running this around on your hardwood floors may just help pick up some dust bunnies.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.