Bristlebots are a fun way to learn about basic engineering, motor, circuits, and principles of balance.
Create your own zippy bot in minutes with this fun-filled electronics kit! Bristlebots are small robots made by combining a toothbrush head and vibrating motor. By changing the position of the pipe cleaner arms, Bristlebots will travel in circles, straight lines, or scoot around randomly. What can you make your Bristlebot do? Bristlebots are great for teaching engineering, motors, circuits, and principles of balance.
Creating a bot is simple, just attach the parts to the toothbrush head and watch them go. Change the way they move and behave by adjusting the balance and pipe cleaners. Bristlebots are a great rainy day activity or a fun way to spice up a classroom activity.
These fun-to-build bots do not require any tools to build. The toothbrush head comes pre-cut, and motor wires have exposed ends to connect to the battery. They only take about 5-15 minutes to construct, making this a great STEAM activity that can be thrown into any opening in your day.
Please note that these are not intended to be taken apart and reused, however, some parts can be individually reused.
Printable directions in English and Spanish are available, along with leveled Lesson Plans and Student Activity Sheets.
I love that they allow full access to all of their resources via their online Project Database. All the resources are 100% Open Source and free to use!
Warning: Kit includes small parts and batteries. These are a choking hazard. Not intended for children under the age of 10.