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In this project, you’ll build light-up paper circuits, and learn how to design both series and parallel circuits, by making your own LED circuit card.

Overview: In this lesson, campers will learn to use conductive tape to build and design their own circuits. First, they’ll create and compare series and parallel circuits used to light LEDs. Then they’ll have time to design their own paper circuit or adapt a paper circuit provided as inspiration.


  • Introduce paper circuits as a way to design light-up projects.

  • Compare and contrast series and parallel circuits.

  • Power multiple loads using a parallel circuit.

  • Design, build, and troubleshoot a circuit of the camper’s own design.

Maker Camp Sandy May 6, 2021
Sandy Roberts, has been a certified STEM educator for over 13 years. She shares her love of science, engineering, technology, and maker activities through her business, Kaleidoscope Enrichment, as the 2022 Maker Camp Community Manager, and as the author of The Big Book of Maker Camp Projects. As a scientist, a teacher, and a mom, she loves to learn with her students as they create and innovate. Read more about Maker Camp: Maker Camp Should Be a Part of Your Summer This Year Kaleidoscope Maker Camp: All STEM & Smiles My talk at World Maker Faire 2017, Six Years of Maker Camp: Tips and Reflections. Check out my playlist of activities from last year's Family Maker Camp! Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.