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Makey Vibrobot

30-45 min


Ages 8-13

What Will You Learn?

A vibrobot is a tiny robot powered by a vibrating motor, like the type found in cell phones. Let’s make a paper vibrobot that we can modify and customize.

This project is a sample from our Circuit Scouts Kit, available in the Maker Shed with all the materials you need, a guidebook and educator’s curriculum.

Build Your Vibrobot Paper Model

Step 1

Color your vibrobot template as desired. Assemble the paper template.

Step 2

Cut along the solid lines. Fold along the dotted lines.

Step 3

Glue or tape the tabs into place.

Step 4

Give it personality! Cut out Makey and add him to the front of the bot, or design your own bot.

Add Your Motor

Step 1

Stick the disc motor to the back of your paper bot, near the bottom.

Step 2

Connect the red wire to the positive side (+) of a battery with Maker Tape.

Step 3

Use a loop of invisible tape to attach the battery to the back of the robot near the top with the positive side face down.

Step 4

Connect the blue wire to the negative side of the battery with Maker Tape.

What's Next?

Take what you’ve learned and make your creation better. How can you improve on your vibrobot? Use these ideas as inspiration to create your own version of a vibrobot.


Have more time and looking for a challenge?

Try creating an origami circuit that moves, like this Origami Ladybug VibroBot or Origami Spider Vibrobot.

Need more inspiration? Visit our Maker Camp Projects Gallery for more ideas.

Never Stop Learning
Maker Camp July 29, 2021
Maker Camp is a do-it-yourself online resource to help leaders like you organize a summer camp that engages children in making. Our goal is to provide you and your campers with the inspiration and the helpful resources, along with many possible projects to fit a wide range of interests and abilities. The idea is to focus on making as a playful, social activity. Maker Camp provides enough support for anyone to get started. Making provides experiences that help children become self-directed learners and good problem-solvers.