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I made this scorpion toy with a Twitchie Robot Kit. I’m really afraid of scorpions where I live in Arizona, so I thought a friendly toy would help me get used to them. I made his plush body from some fabric I had around, aiming to make him look like an Arizona bark scorpion, which are tan/yellowish/translucent. Watch the video for build details, and here’s a list of materials I used:

  • Twitchie Robot Kit
  • 3 pieces of scrap wood
  • 1 drywall screw for non-driven front leg
  • hot glue
  • fabric for plush body
  • plush stuffing
  • thread & embroidery floss

Twitchie is Arduino powered and comes pre-programmed, so it’s an excellent kit for beginners in robotics, because no programming is required! You can download and modify the code if you want, and it’s pretty light on the soldering, too. I’d recommend Twitchie for young makers (boys & girls, too!) interested in robotics or moving plush toys. If you have an idea for what I should name my new friend, let me know in the comments! All I’ve come up with so far is “Scott.”

Music in the video is “At the Crack of Noon” by Shuutobi.

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More build photos:

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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