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The Blinkybug Kit: Make Your Own Electronic Insects Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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About the Author

Ken Murphy is a programmer, artist, musician, and tinkerer who lives in San Francisco

Alexander Tarrant is an illustrator living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Box edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811871401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871402
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Murphy is a musician, artist, computer programmer, and all-around tinkerer living in San Francisco, California. He has written how-to articles for Popular Science and Make Magazine, and was a Resident Artist at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, where he's creating a year-long time lapse movie of the sky. He still manages to hold down his day job, keeping the web site humming along for his local public broadcast TV and radio station.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas B on September 18, 2010
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Bought this to do as a project with my 5-yr old son, thinking that it should be within my technical abilities, and thankfully it was :)
The packaging is great, everything contained neatly in a hardcover book with resealable parts storage. The instructions are very clear yet fun, thanks to the comics style.
Putting everything together was easy and fun. Reading through the book, assembling two bugs, and explaining basic electricity concepts took about an hour, with a lot of easier steps that even a 5-yr-old can help with. I think a 10-yr-old could easily do it by himself/herself.
My son was thrilled with the result, see attached customer pic. He made the black with red eyes scary vampire one, and I made the not-scary-at-all orange looser who apparently is gonna get its butt kicked by the vampire one, or so he says...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KevinC on September 3, 2010
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Such a great resource for teaching kids about electronics and circuitry! Also, cute as hell comic book style illustrations!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greenbi on October 31, 2010
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Hi,
I am the lucky parent of a kid who is very curious and just loves to create things. Recently he read about diodes, and at school he was building electrical circuits. When I read the description of the Blinkybugs I just knew it would be a perfect fit for him. I was right. My eleven year old spend two days absorbed in the kit and was very proud of his creations. He then went on to explain to me in great details how diode's physical design leads to their specific colour. A great gift for a young mind with scientific curiosity.
Many thanks,
Greenbi
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaxB on September 8, 2010
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I picked up Blinkybugs from the Maker Faire in 2009 - they were super fun to assemble - perfect for a project with kids. It's great they are now available in a completely self-contained format with cool cartoon instructions and a bunch of extra decorations and bling to choose from during assembly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RW on May 2, 2011
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I purchased this for my 9yr old and 6yr old. The directions are made like comic book instructions and a lot of reading. I feel these are a bit more complicated to create than the value of WOW on them once created. I wouldn't purchase again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xMac on October 8, 2010
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Fun book at a great price! The "bugs" you make are pretty fun cause the lights/eyes flash and blink when you blow on the antennas or if you move them around. Great fun project and gift!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gismo on September 7, 2010
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Blinky Bugs are a lot of fun, you can make em in an afternoon, as an individual or a group. Give em a try.
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Blinky Bugs proved an awesome Holiday present for my little brother. He was not only immediately excited to get into creating the bugs, but also attentive to the entire building process due to Ken's accessible and engaging project interface. The comic book style was appealing to Kaleb and very easy to follow. I also benefited from Ken's clear directives, as I am not at all scientifically inclined! Any adult can walk a child through building Blinkies, and most advanced or technically skilled children will do just fine on their own. I am hoping we can figure out how to access more parts as I assume Kaleb will want to build more than the three included bugs!
What a fantastic introduction to electronics!
Thanks Ken!
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