Using copper tape and surface-mount LEDs allows you to make a fully functional circuit on a flat surface, like a piece of paper. You can make light-up greeting cards, make origami animals come to life, or create a three-dimensional pop-up paper sculpture that has working lights in them.
We will use all sorts of interesting materials to construct a paper circuit. Batteries, cardboard, LED, switches, cooper tape, and anything else that may be helpful in building.
our goal is to make simple or complex electrical circuits on a flat piece of paper that allows for a wide range of explorations and aesthetic expression
Our projects and investigations are intended to help students develop more complex thinking skills over time. Because of the range of materials and variables accessible for experimentation, students can begin at a level that they are comfortable with, then change and modify their designs as they discover new ideas. Tinkering can be a lot of fun, quirky, inspiring, and unexpected.
Building a paper circuit is a playful platform for the learner to investigate concepts at the intersection of art, science, and technology. The circuit and collage created are as significant as the process of testing, questioning, and occasionally failing. Here are a few principles that exemplify the design goals of this activity:
1. Materials and phenomena are evocative and invite inquiry. Paper, scotch tape, and batteries are all familiar materials. When combined with LEDs and copper tape, they take on new complexities. This juxtaposition of familiar and unfamiliar materials with high and low tech crafting techniques invites learners to dive in and explore their ideas.
2. Activities and investigations encourage learners to complexify their thinking over time Paper circuits start out simple, but often grow in complexity with circuit understanding and aesthetic choices. This activity also encourages iteration to make many versions of circuits as confidence grows with the tools, materials, and techniques.
3. Activity station and design enables cross-talk and invites collaboration. Paper circuits are built at communal table that allows for participants to see and hear what others are working on. Solutions to similar problems are shared and iterated upon from one builder to the next.