Blinky Bugs

We finally got around to making the blinky bugs that we bought at the Maker Faire earlier this year.

For anybody who dabbles in electronics and making things, you've probably got all the parts you need to build one of these, so all you need are the instructions, and they are online.

There are parts to make four bugs in the kit. For the first one, we carefully read the instructions and slowly and methodically built the bug. A small note to others. The little pieces of copper pipe bend just once. If you think you've bent it wrong, don't bend it again. It just snaps. Trying to remove the broken bent pipe from the antenna wire leaves you with antenna wire that is no longer straight and looks like a clock spring. This happened to us. It's why we currently have just three completed bugs. It would have been nice if they'd included a spare piece of copper pipe in the kit. Luckily I have a bag of various sizes and shapes from K & S Engineering

After the first bug was completed, the next two were easy. It can be frustrating to get the antenna wires "just right" so that the lights aren't on all the time, and only blink when you touch them.

I think Duncan enjoyed making them more than playing with the end result. They are really for younger kids.

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