Catch the Bug - 50 Pack


Are you ready to “Catch the Bug”? The bug is a truly fantastic and meaningful electronics learning activity. Finished bugs run around the floor with their own personality. They roam and explore by bumping into objects and finding new paths around the room.

Bugs teach basic electronics through a physical interactive experience; an experience that yields deep and long lasting understanding. Electrical concepts have never made so much sense, or been so much fun.

Bugs have inspired countless students to pursue STEM careers, drastically increasing interest and enrollment in STEM courses, especially for girls. 


Classes Using the Bug:
Technology, Engineering, Science, Vocational After School, Home

Age Level:
Ages 13 and above; Bugs are used from middle school to university levels

The Bug Activity...

  • makes electrical concepts interesting and understandable
  • appeals to a multitude of abilities, ages and knowledge levels
  • allows students to work at their own level and pace
  • challenges students to gain a higher level of understanding
  • provides additional challenges for advanced students
  • provides structure and support for students with limited understanding
  • challenges and engages students like no other electronics project
  • teaches electrical concepts using exciting physical feedback
  • allows students to take ownership in the learning process, and take home the finished bug
  • surprisingly inexpensive

Bugs Teach:

  • Electrical Circuits
  • Current
  • Voltage
  • Resistance
  • Switches
  • Schematic Diagrams
  • Soldering Techniques

What tools will you need to build this activity?


Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool

Screwdriver Tighten and loosen screws

#1 Screwdriver



Wire striping / crimping

Strip wire insulation and Crimp spade connector on.

Crimping/Stripping Tool

Wire Stripper and Pliers




Soldering wires to motors or other wires 

Soldering Iron Package





Heats plastic and allows it to bend

Strip Heater 

Blow Dryer, Heat gun, Hot water

Measuring Measure output voltage

Digital Multimeter




Acts as the load; allowing multi-meter to give a more accurate reading

Resistor (2.7 ohm)



Connecting Wires

Connects wires without having to solder or crimp 

Alligator Clips


Additional Supplies Needed to Build a Bug:

  • Safety Glasses
  • AA Batteries (2 per Bug)

What's in the "Catch the Bug" Electronics Activity?

Component 10pk Quantity:
Connector Strips 80
Dowels 80
Tubing 30M (100ft)
Perpendicular Blocks 100
Hole Plates 30
Slide Stop 300mm Sections 3
1.5" Screws 10
1" Screws 140
Cylinder Screws 240
Hex Nuts 160
Locking Hex Nuts 10
Rubber Bands 100
Cable Ties 20
14ml Cylinder Assembly 70
4.5ml Cylinder Assembly 10