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12-year-old inventor to sell robots in York

Looking for a unique addition to your child’s Easter basket this year?

Meet Sam Brenner, the 12-year-old inventor of Wobbly-Bot.

The sixth grader at York Academy Regional Charter School makes his own Bristlebots – a simple micro robot – using a toothbrush, battery and pager motor. And now, thanks to Brenner’s all-ages, build-it-yourself kit, your child can take part in the fun, too.

Brenner will be demonstrating and selling his Wobbly-Bot kits from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at Hive Artspace, 126 E. King St., York, according to a news release.

Kits cost $8 and come with a QR code that takes customers to his website, where they can learn how to make the Wobbly-Bot and other robots.

Wobbly-bots are great for racing or just watching them move about in a shoe box environment, according to this Wobbly-Bot video. The kits also come with googly eyes so children can decorate their bots.

“(Brenner) is really into science, robotics and technology,” his mom Adrienne Brenner said. “He’s also learning how to make a business, save and invest back into his supplies and market his things.”

A portion of the proceeds from his sales will go to a turtle rescue.

Free comic books and alien finger puppets will also be available for children at Saturday’s event, Hive Artspace owner Susan Scofield said. The art gallery's current exhibit – featuring dinosaurs, cowboys and outer space – will also be on display.

For more information, visit the event Facebook page.