Sewn Circuits uses conductive thread, batteries, and LEDs to embed technology into pieces of fabric. It’s a materials mash-up that combines traditional craing techniques with newer technologies. It’s also a playl way to develop an understanding of circuitry through the process of creating a personal project.
We will use all sorts of interesting materials to construct a ball run for your marble. Cups or bowls to hold marbles, bells or metal objects for sound, string, Dixie cups, straws, springs, metal ball bearings, foamies, mesh, cardboard, pipe cleaners, and anything else that may be helpl in building.
Our goal is to make different circuits using different materials and tools, like coin batteries, LED, conductive thread, fabric, and more.
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.
In this activity, you will experiment with building different kinds of circuits using a battery, LED, conductive tape, and conductive thread. By testing and manipulating these components, you can develop a more intuitive sense of how electricity flows through a circuit. While you are designing your circuit for functionality, you are also thinking artistically about what you want your item to look like. The colors, lights, lines, and shapes in this activity give it an artistic character as well as a scientific one.