Grades 6-12 (Kit)
Paper circuits are an exciting way for students to learn how electrical circuits work. This kit includes 3mm LEDs in assorted colors, copper tape, 3-volt coin cell batteries and Activity Instructions. There are enough supplies for 30 students to create a closed circuit, open circuit, parallel circuit, and a series circuit. The concepts learned in this activity are a springboard for more complicated electrical projects such as turning a painting into an interactive piece of art, gamifying a poster, sewing circuits or building a prototype. If you are looking for a more complex kit check out the Hen House Prototype.
Paper Circuits Activity Instructions (PDF)
Circuit Diagrams (PDF)
Use the following video tutorials to illustrate:
Links to lesson plans associated with this activity can be found on the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix.