We asked MAKE illustrator Damien Scogin to create some drawings so that folks could better understand the functioning of the basic robot plant design we’re using in the Micochip/Energizer Make It Last Build Series, Project #2: The Robot Plant. As we’ve said, you don’t have to make yours this way, this is just one idea, the one we’re using in our build. We’ve already gotten some cool designs submitted to the MAKE Flickr pool. We’re giving special prize bundles to the first five people who upload their robo-plant designs to the pool (tag them “robotplant”). We still have a couple of packages to give away. See issue #2 of the Robot Plant Project Newsletter for more details on this little “Plant Design Challenge” and see the Make It Last landing page for full details of the build series and the contest. Prizes for the winning robo-plants include a $200 gift card and copies of Make: Electronics.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.