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by Joshua

Introduction

The Solar Roach is a simple soldering project that uses the sun to power a vibrating motor. This project only takes a few minutes to build, but does require some simple soldering and use of a hot glue gun. For those reasons we recommend adult supervision.

  • Solar Roach Kits now come with Maker Tape conductive tape for a non-soldering build. Those printable directions can be found in PDF format at the very end of this build guide.

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  1. Peel off the protective layer on the back of the motor. Stick the motor onto the solar cell, so that two wires can reach the solder points on the back of the solar cell.
    • Peel off the protective layer on the back of the motor.

    • Stick the motor onto the solar cell, so that two wires can reach the solder points on the back of the solar cell.

    • Solder the wires onto the solar cell.

    • Optional: Take your solar cell outside and test in the sun.

  2. Using your wire cutter, cut the paperclips similar to the diagram. Bend them apart slightly, and hot glue the to the solar cell. Use a minimum of two paperclips, for a total of four legs.
    • Using your wire cutter, cut the paperclips similar to the diagram.

    • Bend them apart slightly, and hot glue the to the solar cell.

    • Use a minimum of two paperclips, for a total of four legs.

  3. Use hot glue to glue on the antenna.  Only a small amount is needed. Remove the protective layer on the back of each eye and stick onto the roach. Optional: Put a little hot glue behind the eyes, on the underside of the roach.  This helps them stay on.
    • Use hot glue to glue on the antenna. Only a small amount is needed.

    • Remove the protective layer on the back of each eye and stick onto the roach.

    • Optional: Put a little hot glue behind the eyes, on the underside of the roach. This helps them stay on.

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