With great anticipation, my favorite 13-year-old, Benjamin Bonner, and I sat down to build MAKE’s Rovera 2W Arduino Robot Kit. With Monsieur Tux the cat closely monitoring our efforts, we carefully unpacked the components and laid everything out. The size of the companion book (Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot) was daunting at first, but it has lots of color photos and illustrations, and moves you methodically through the build. It was easy to figure out what to do and in what order.

MAKE Volume 33 features our special Software for Makers section covering apps for circuit board design, 3D design and printing, microcontrollers, and programming for kids. Also, meet our new Arduino-powered Rovera robot and get started with Raspberry Pi. As usual, you’ll also find fascinating makers inside, like the maniacs on our cover, the hackers behind the popular Power Racing Series events at Maker Faire.

Try your hand at 22 great DIY projects, like the Optical Tremolo guitar effects box, "Panjolele" cake-pan ukelele, Wii Nunchuk Mouse, CNC joinery tricks, treat-dispensing cat scratching post, laser-cut flexing wooden books, sake brewing, growing incredibly hot “ghost chili” peppers, and much more.

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