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Herbie the Mousebot, $40

Herbie the Mousebot is one of our favorites here at MAKE and has been a staple in the Shed for years. It’s a nice graduation project for kids (of all ages) moving from BrushBots and SpinBots to a full-fledged robot that can explore its environment, and even chase around other Herbies. It’s also a graceful step up from basic soldering skills to slightly fussier soldering. Herbie has an ingenious body made from three electrically-connected printed circuit boards. Whenever anybody asks me what their young roboteers should move to after mastering no-solder bots and Lego Mindstorms, I always recommend Herbie. (The image above is of my own first Herbie build.)

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer 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 for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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