Bigger and Better Circuits

What's Next?

Complete one of these challenges:

  • Discovery Level – Work with friends to create the biggest or longest circuit you can. Share supplies as needed. Is there a limit to how many LEDs you can add? Is there a limit to how many alligator clips you can clip together? Why?

  • Exploration Level – Based on your experiments with conductivity, what else could you use to replace the paper clips? Test a circuit that uses different conductors.

  • Innovation Level – Design and test your own switch. Try using paper clips, brass brads, binder clips, aluminum foil, or other materials in your design. Want some ideas? Try “How to Use Switches.”

Note: Encourage campers to mount their creations by using tape on scrap cardboard as needed for structural support.

Take It Further

Tinkercad is a free online tool you can use to design circuits. They offer free tutorials and projects that are perfect for independent learning. Try it! Please note, campers will need to make a free account to use the website. Educators can also create class pages.

Bigger and Better Circuits

Bigger and Better Circuits

What's Next?

Complete one of these challenges:

  • Discovery Level – Work with friends to create the biggest or longest circuit you can. Share supplies as needed. Is there a limit to how many LEDs you can add? Is there a limit to how many alligator clips you can clip together? Why?

  • Exploration Level – Based on your experiments with conductivity, what else could you use to replace the paper clips? Test a circuit that uses different conductors.

  • Innovation Level – Design and test your own switch. Try using paper clips, brass brads, binder clips, aluminum foil, or other materials in your design. Want some ideas? Try “How to Use Switches.”

Note: Encourage campers to mount their creations by using tape on scrap cardboard as needed for structural support.

Take It Further

Tinkercad is a free online tool you can use to design circuits. They offer free tutorials and projects that are perfect for independent learning. Try it! Please note, campers will need to make a free account to use the website. Educators can also create class pages.

Please Note

Your safety is your own responsibility, including proper use of equipment and safety gear, and determining whether you have adequate skill and experience. Power tools, electricity, and other resources used for these projects are dangerous, unless used properly and with adequate precautions, including safety gear and adult supervision. Some illustrative photos do not depict safety precautions or equipment, in order to show the project steps more clearly. Use of the instructions and suggestions found in Maker Camp is at your own risk. Maker Media, Inc., disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury, or expense.