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Make a Paper Circuit

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
circuit, electricity, conductor, insulator, battery, LED
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Introduction

Do you like arts and crafts projects like drawing, painting, cutting shapes out of construction paper, or origami? Instead of drawing that bright sun or lights in a house, imagine adding real lights to your artwork! This project will show you how, by introducing you to the world of electronics with "paper circuits." Paper circuits are made with just a few simple items; you can use a battery and some copper tape to add tiny lights to your project. The best part is that it is easy to do, and you do not need to know anything about electronics to get started!

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies

This activity was inspired by the work of the High-Low Tech Group at the MIT Media Lab

Scotch® is a registered trademark of 3M.

This activity is not appropriate for use as a science fair project. Good science fair projects have a stronger focus on controlling variables, taking accurate measurements, and analyzing data. To find a science fair project that is just right for you, browse our library of over 1,150 Science Fair Project Ideas or use the Topic Selection Wizard to get a personalized project recommendation.

Materials

Circuit materials, available from SparkFun Electronics:

Additional materials you will need from home:
  • Construction paper
  • Scotch® tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper clip or binder clip
  • Optional: Markers, colored pencils, or crayons

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
circuit, electricity, conductor, insulator, battery, LED