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Electric Circuits - BrainPOP. Paper Circuits. A more intricate project: a light-up model of the Bay Bridge Another more complex project: a folded origami swan with LED eyes LED lights make this fastball really fly!

Paper Circuits

At the touch of a switch the girl blushes through the paper A classic interpretation of a birthday cake spiced up with some LEDs As the dolphin jumps through the hoop, it lights up! The moon is a switch, turning on the fireflies in the jar Of course San Francisco gets its share of love. Paper circuits w/ copper tape. You can quickly create circuits on paper using copper tape, clear tape, and some simple electronics.

Paper circuits w/ copper tape

The image above is from a workshop Jie taught at the Exploratorium museum. Components (available from Digi-Key): Other tools & materials: small binder clipsclear tapecard stock paperscissors or an xacto knife and cutting mattweezerssoldering iron + solder (optional) Getting started You can use the templates we’ve created to guide your initial explorations. Electrical connections Electrical connections between the LEDs, switches, and battery are made with copper tape (shown in grey in the templates). Battery connection. Simple Paper Circuit. Paper circuits are a great way of adding light to your drawings, origami, or papercraft creations.

Simple Paper Circuit

Instead of using wires to connect a battery to LEDs, paper circuits use conductive metal tape. Copper tape can be found online at places like Amazon, Sparkfun, and as part of the Circuit Stickers kit at Maker Shed. It can also be found at hardware stores as “slug tape“. Or try cutting long, narrow strips of aluminum foil tape, used for repairing HVAC ducts (but not duct tape!) Educator Resources — NEXMAP. Getting Started with Copper Tape - chibitronics. Learn - chibitronics. Introduction.

Learn - chibitronics

Hack Your Notebook Teaching Kit. Creative Paper Circuits with Copper Tape. With paper, markers, LEDs, and copper tape, kids can get a hands-on introduction to electronics and circuits and turn their own drawings and creative projects into ones that light up!

Creative Paper Circuits with Copper Tape

The intersection between art and science is one that holds particular interest for me, and I very much appreciate when my kids have the opportunity to do projects that support their creativity as well as let them get hands-on with science, technology, engineering, and math. These combo art and science projects are sometimes referred to as STEAM, and especially for hands-on STEM activities at home, adding in the "art" component can be especially fun. Simple Circuit Canvas Creature Project for Kids. During the school break, we created a simple craft and electronics project to make with our kids.

Simple Circuit Canvas Creature Project for Kids

I love the idea of adding electronics to a craft activity. We had fun drawing pictures and learned about the polarity of electricity. The Great Big Guide to Paper Circuits. Favorited Favorite 13.

The Great Big Guide to Paper Circuits

Pop Up Circuit Card. We found a project like this on and added a switch to the circuit to make it our own.

Pop Up Circuit Card

We have had so much fun making this with all ages at our community center here in Boston and would highly recommend making them. It is so much fun and you also learn about circuits and get a chance to be creative, inventive and practice troubleshooting. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Have fun "making"! Donna BCYF Menino Community Center Boston, MA. Create A Paper Castle with Interactive Electronics. Step #3: Build the castle (cont'd) PrevNext Cut out the slots for door pieces on the front of the castle piece.

Create A Paper Castle with Interactive Electronics

Step #9: Tips & Tricks. LED Nametag - All. Light-Up Paper Helicopter - chibitronics. Let It Glow Holiday Cards. Favorited Favorite 4.

Let It Glow Holiday Cards

SparkTruck's Simple Circuit Town! This workshop explores imagining a city, sketching the city, building the city using cardboard and tape and then illuminating the city with LED lights. In about 2 hours, this project covers topics ranging from geometry, simple circuits and urban design, all through a fun hands-on experience that incorporates both low-tech building and simple circuits. This activity can be aligned to multiple subject areas and grade levels: math, social studies, language arts and more! This workshop requires several facilitators (recommended = 2). Digital Is. As a professional artist, deepening the ways in which seemingly disparate objects and processes are interconnected through locating, and mapping their intersections has been one of the main elements of my studio practice.

The Fab Lab tools and working processes create an environment that is well suited to investigating those types of intersections. In an effort to integrate Fab Lab tools centered on craft, and studio-based processes into the classroom, I have been working to implement a Mobile MakerCart at a project-based K-8 charter school. In addition to introducing craft-based physical computing projects to the children, a guiding principle behind the MakerCart is to give teachers the opportunity to develop familiarity with the MakerCart’s tools and processes in order to be able to envision the ways in which they might be able to develop their own curriculum for use in the classroom.

Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig.3 Fig. 4 1.1 Fold The Paper Fig. 5 1.2 Create Your Story. 6th Grade Students Illuminate Poetry with Paper Circuitry. A MiddleWeb Blog There was a shout from the far corner of the room. “I got it! I got it to work! Check … it … out.” All eyes turned towards this sixth grader, who held up her light-themed haiku poem like Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune, using fingers to showcase her writing, now glowing with bright yellow and red LED lights. There was a collective classroom cheer and then everyone quickly turned back to their own poetry projects, carefully running copper conductive tape along paths on paper so that they, too, could light up their words and pictures. Soon enough, others were celebrating their own successes, with calls of “My poem is lit” and “That is soooo cool.” LED Beginner Project: Part 2: 9 Steps. This project was my next step in my exploration of the world of LEDs. Here, I will show how to wire LEDs in parallel in order to make a simple bike light.

Wiring LEDs in parallel is useful in that you can run multiple LEDs off of a single, low-voltage source.