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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 a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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