How to Make a Paper Circuit from your MACUL Name Badge

This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (March 12-14)  I will be at the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Unlike most conferences where I present sessions, at this conference, I will be at the Master’s in Educational Technology Booth (124) in the Exhibition Hall hosting a Mini Maker Faire with my colleague, Leigh Graves Wolf.

Here’s one of the activities that we’ll be doing with our MACUL Maker Colleagues.

How to Make a Paper Circuit from your MACUL Name Badge

Materials:

MACUL Name Badge
Tiny LED Light {or similar}
Tweezers
Double-sided Scotch Tape
Copper Tape
Scissors
Coin Battery

Procedure:

  1. Decide where you would like to place the light for meaningful effect. Do you want to light up the “i” in your name on your name badge? The “M” in MACUL?

  2. Plan out your circuit. Based on where the light will go, decide where to place the battery and how long your copper tape will need to be.

  3. Cut the copper tape in half. You’ll need two lines of tape, placed very closely together to make the circuit work. Plan the placement of the two pieces of tape on your name badge.

  4. To make the circuit, position one piece of copper tape so it will connect to the negative side of the battery; position the other piece of tape so it connects with the positive side of the battery. Use Scotch tape to fasten the battery to your name badge.

  5. Stick the copper tape down on your name badge — being very careful to ensure the the pieces are placed very close together. The LED light is SMALL. To get a good connection, there should be very little space between the two strips of copper tape.

  6. Place the LED light strategically. Test it by pressing it against the strips of copper tape with the tweezers. Does it light up? If not, flip the diodes.

  7. Stick the LED light down onto the copper tape using the double-sized Scotch.

  8. Voilà! You have a paper circuit and a very fancy MACUL name badge!

This project was inspired by the great things happening over at Exploratorium.edu.

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