background preloader


Facebook Twitter

Light Up Robots with 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. 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 INTRODUCTION Creating a pop-up circuit card is a fun way to learn about circuits and practice design and troubleshooting skills.

Also visit where we found this fun idea Materials List: (Most of these supplies can be purchased on Jie Qi – Featured. Mixtape Alpha Synthesizer circuit board designed to look like a cassette tape Telescrapbook The Telescrapbooks are remote-communicating electronic scrapbook. Input/Output Paper A pair of origami papers in which the red paper senses how it is being folded and the white paper follows. Electronic Popables Electronic Popables is an interactive pop-up book that sparkles, sings, and moves. littleBits “An opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping and play.”

Paper Circuit Greeting Cards. Our school Maker Club has been working with electric circuits: Squishy Circuits, Makey Makey, Circuit Scribe, and Little Bits. Since it seems important that a Maker Club actually make something, paper circuit greeting cards became a goal. As usual, the project was harder than I anticipated. For some reason, I thought that there would be lots of simple instructions on the web; I knew I hadn’t just dreamed up the idea. But when it came down to it, most of the instructions looked a bit too complicated for our group of 24 second through fourth graders. You can judge for yourself: We don’t have a soldering iron, and I didn’t like the look of binder clips on a greeting card, so I pulled together what I’d learned from the above resources, and came up with a variation that would work for us.

The main items you need to make this work are: Chibitronics has a good Starter Kit that is available at several online stores. You can find more “Make” ideas on this Pinterest Board. Like this: Like Loading... Light-Up Paper Circuit Starter. Maybe one LED is not so fun and you want to light up multiple LEDs.

There are two ways to do this. You could add two LEDs in series, which basically means that you chain them together, one after another. However, a coin cell battery typically provides 3V, and the voltage required from one LED ranges from around 1.8V to 3.5V depending on the color (see the image above for more detail). When you put LEDs in series, the voltages add up. So you can see how if you try to light up two LEDs, a 3V battery won't provide enough power!

One way to get around this is to put two batteries in series. To do this, you can stack two coin cell batteries on top of one another (making sure that the + side of the battery is at the top of the stack and still touches the copper tape). But...don't you think this it's wasteful to use two batteries to power your LEDs? Simple Paper Circuit | Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers. Paper circuits are a great way of adding light to your drawings, origami, or papercraft creations. 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!) Popularized by technology-oriented artists like Jie Qi and Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, refined in places like the Tinkering Studio and nexmap, and now a wonderful product by chibitronics called Circuit Stickers, this lovely synthesis of art and technology is a great way to introduce artists to electronics, and engineers to art.

This Make: Project is just the beginning of what’s possible. When your LED stops lighting up, replace the battery. Download a one page paper circuit PDF here. Paper circuits. 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! 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 The copper tape itself can be use to be a decorative element as well as a functional one A light up festive tree made with paper and copper tape.