Create a solar-powered insect that zips around and makes noise with this awesome kit from Brown Dog Gadgets!
Learn about solar energy in a fun and creative way! The new solar bug design has students creating a simple solar circuit in minutes using only conductive tape! Cut out your bug, decorate it, then add your solar cell and vibrating motor! These bugs will zip around any smooth surface when in direct sunlight and make a silly clattering sound.
Each Solar Bug Kit includes all the parts you need to create your own bug. Building a bug takes 5-10 minutes to construct, with additional time needed for decorating.
The Standard Kit comes with supplies for four full bugs, as well as 8 different card stock bug templates to choose from. Additional bug parts (legs and wings) can be found in our online guide. Scissors and colouring supplies not included.
The Classroom Set comes with supplies for 25 bugs and includes 2 card stock bug designs for each student to choose from. Additional designs and body parts can be printed off our website, as well as student activity pages and lesson plans.
Directions, Lesson Plans, and Videos
Printable directions in English and Spanish can be found on our online Project Database, along with levelled Lesson Plans and Student Activity Sheets.
If you have questions about implementing our Solar Bugs in your classroom or after school program please contact us. We've been helping educators implement solar activities in their classrooms for years and have many helpful tips and tricks.