Tips, Tricks, and Projects

Glowing Paper Lanterns

Glowing Paper Lanterns

Using paper circuits is a great way to make lanterns glow!  This is an easy paper craft project with entry-level paper circuits. Materials Needed: Printer Paper Cardstock Paper Tape or glue Scissors Copper Tape Button Battery Battery Holder (from template) 5mm LED Star Lantern template. Tips: Using a hole puncher can add interest by creating shapes for the light to emit.  I found some star shaped hole punchers that my students love to use! If you are not familiar with folding copper tape, you want to make sure there are as few wrinkles as possible to ensure good connectivity.  My mother...

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Magic Wands!

Magic Wands!

Everyone needs a little magic in their lives!  And, everyone should understand how electricity flows through a circuit.  Enter, the magic wand project!   Embellishing is the key to these marvelous take aways!  Just be careful not to wind pipe cleaners too tight because it will short circuit on the copper tape!  Such fun!

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Light Up Paper Circuit Card

Light Up Thank You Note Have you ever wanted to let some one know just how thankful you are?  Take that thank you note and kick it up a notch with lights! Chibitronics circuit stickers were made for paper crafting and are flat and have a built in resistor so there is no need to worry about LED colors cohabitating on your circuit.  I highly recommend checking out Chibitronics website for more templates and advanced techniques, but here is what I have used to make a simple card. If Chibitronics are not in the budget, you can use SMD LEDs...

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Keep your copper tape tidy!

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Keep your copper tape tidy!

Keep that copper tape tidy! If you have ever used copper tape with kids, you know what a rat's nest it can become very quickly.  o one wants to spend time trying to salvage and use the messy parts!  So, use this trick to keep your copper tape in line! Materials needed: 2 pieces of cardboard that will fit in the baggie with hole in the middle Baggie that will fit copper tape roll Brass fastener Copper Tape First, set the tape on the back piece of cardboard and take off the plastic covering. If you try to do this...

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Design and Engineering Challenges

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Design and Engineering Challenges

Great resource for design challenges and engineering projects! This website is my new best friend! Not only does it have some amazing Engineering Challenges, but it is sortable by age, content, and duration!  Oh, man!   I have tried many of these with students and will dish more on each one as I can! Check out DiscoverE!

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