"Catch the Bug" The Ultimate Electronics Activity

$10.98 $10.00

Single SKU: 1822-86
10 Pack SKU: 1822-87
50 Pack SKU: 1822-88

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. They have been found to drastically increase interest and enrollment in STEM courses, especially for girls.  

Bug Educational Goals

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
  • is surprisingly inexpensive

Bugs Teach:

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

Bug Activity Document Downloads

Body Build: The mechanical portion of the Bug is constructed
Electronics Lab: Bug experiments teach the fundamentals of electronics
Final Wiring: Permanent wires are soldered on to "bring the Bug to life"
Build a Bug: Start-to-finish Bug building guide without the electronics lab

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TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

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)

Bug Components

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

Component: 50pk Quantity: 10pk Quantity: Single Quantity:
Bug Motors 100 20 2
Bug Switches 100 20 2
Feeler Tubbing 5 1 1
Bug Tires 5 1 1
Feeler Wires 100 20 2
5/8 Screws 200 40 4
Spade Connectors 50 10 1
Battery Holders 50 10 1
Bug Bodies 50 10 1
Colored Bug Wire 50 10 1
1/4 Screws 100 20 2


This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 9 and above with adult supervision.

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet