December 9, 2023
McKinleyville Branch Library
1606 Pickett Road
McKinleyville, CA 95519
Free. Materials are provided by the Library.
2:00 to 4:00 PM, McKinleyville Library STEAM Day, Drop in & Build a Solar Bug Bot
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Fun projects with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math are the idea for STEAM days. Build a wiggly bug that moves around on its own whenever sunlight falls on it, and never runs out of energy. If you want to learn more about why this bug doesn't need batteries, learn about solar cells at the link on this page.
Build a Solar Bug Bot
Photo from Brown Dog Gadgets
Pick out your bug and color it to make it yours.
Attach a tiny photovoltaic cell to the bug's body and assemble all the parts to a tiny motor. Then put your project in sunlight and watch it move!
Solar electricity comes from how sunlight makes electrons move from place to place in a silicon structure. This energy can turn a motor, as it does in this project.