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Paper and Origami Circuits for EducatorsExpired

Jul 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific

What You'll Do:

Paper circuits are a classic makerspace activity, teaching basic electronics in a fun, creative way. But anyone who has hosted a paper circuit workshop knows that they can be tricky and challenging. Plus, what do you do for more advanced makers who have “been there, done that”? In this workshop, we’ll present tried-and-true tips, techniques, tools, and troubleshooting that will make your paper circuit classes run more smoothly, with less waste and frustration. We’ll also go beyond the basic card to explore origami circuits, advanced switches, and design projects to encourage your young makers to invent their own unique circuits.

During the class, we’ll work together on several hands-on projects that you can use in your programming including both series and parallel flat circuits, both a light-up and a motorized origami circuit, and a more complex circuit game project. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of various materials available for paper circuits, cover basic safety concerns, and share ideas for creating engaging, exciting paper circuit programs.

Whether you’re new to paper circuits or you’ve done dozens, you’ll walk away with solid ideas you can implement in your classroom, camp, club, or library.

Skill Level:

No experience is needed.

Skills you will learn:

In this workshop, we will explore the basics of circuits and electricity, the difference between series and parallel circuits, properties of conductive and insulating materials, the basics of motors, the basics of switches, principles of the design process and techniques for successful maker education.

A kit is required for this program:

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What You'll Need:

For this workshop, we recommend the Make: Origami Circuit kit, which includes most of the materials you will need. If you aren't able to get the kit, feel free to gather your own materials. Materials needed for this workshop:
  • assorted LEDs
  • Coin Cell Batteries
  • one vibration disc motor
  • a roll of conductive tape (copper or fabric Makers Tape)
  • origami paper
  • Maker Camp Light Up Paper Circuit template (or similar)
  • Light-Up Gnome Circuit Card template (or similar)
  • blank copy or colored paper
  • aluminum foil (optional)
  • glue stick (optional)
  • inexpensive electric tealight and small screwdriver (optional)
  • invisible tape
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • permanent marker (black)
  • google eyes (optional, but fun)

What is Included:

  • A free membership to Make: Community
  • Access to discussion forums and community groups
  • Post event access to session recordings

** Tickets are nonrefundable **

About your Facilitator:

Sandy Roberts has been a certified STEM educator for over 14 years. She shares her love of science, engineering, technology, and maker activities through her business, Kaleidoscope Enrichment, as a host and coordinator for Maker Camp, as 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.



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Ticket for 9 AM PST / 12 PM EST Session
  • Jul 9, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pacific)
Ticket for 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST Session
  • Jul 9, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pacific)
Age Range: 18+
Have questions or comments? Email us at makercampus@make.co

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