In each volume of MAKE we have “major projects” these project pages are meaty step-by-step articles with start-to-finish photos, precise instructions and how-to learning that can range from making a VCR cat feeder to ariel kite photography. In MAKE volume 07 the projects are:

Two BEAMbots: Trimet and Solarroller by Gareth Branwyn. Solder together one simple circuit and use it to control two very different solar-powered robo-critters: a little satellite that scoots and bumps around, and a mini cart that just keeps a-rolling until the sun goes down.Page 76

Soccer-Playing Robot by Matthew Russell. Make an autonomous robot that can chase a ping-pong ball, push it into a goal, and take other programmable actions. When you’re finished, you’ll have a few more wrinkles in your brain and no more fears of robot attacks. Page 88

Building Tensegrity Models by William Gurstelle. Make a “needle tower” sculpture from dowels and elastic cord that seems to defy the laws of physics. Page 100

The MAKE Controller by Liam Staskawicz and David Williams. Announcing a just-maybe-revolutionary microcontroller for all things DIY. Page 164

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