Some time back I introduced my students to play dough circuits. I did this to help them understand circuit basics. I was hoping that some of them would want to challenge themselves in creating art that incorporated circuits. I had a 3rd grade boy that wanted to make his robot light up this week. So, we got to work. This is how we did it.
3V Disc Batteries
#1 Figure out placement for the LED light and battery. Place two lines of copper tape for the negative and positive currents.
#2 Construct a battery holder. My student figured out how to place his copper tape and where the battery should go. I had to help with this part. I cut two pieces of cardboard. One piece fits the battery nice and snug. The other piece will just hold the battery in place.
#3 Next, I had to configure the placement for the battery holder over one of the copper lines. The other copper line will have a hinge that will become a button. I used a small rectangular piece of cardboard to create the button. I added copper tape the back of the hinge. (Remember to not let the copper lines touch each other!)
#4 I added the LED light with some electrical tape. (Remember the longer end is positive!)
Test it before moving on.
I recommend buying the supplies from Amazon. The LED lights are pretty cheap and it made it easy to have everything delivered to me. I keep my LED lights in a jewelry box to keep them organized.
I am wondering what my students are going to come up with next.
Give me more ideas on creating these guides. I hope they are helpful.
"I'm done. What should I do now?" I know that we have all heard it. By setting up a share or reflection center in your room it gives that routine and structure for kids. When I hear my students say that, I send them to the share center to fill out an artist statement or photograph their work. I also keep their planning sheets here. So, they know what to do next!
#2) Keeps me organized
I keep art to display organized in this center. It HELPS me so much when it is time for art show. This center is next to my desk. I like having it away from the students work area. You could even consider having the students mat and tag their art for you.
#3) Meeting a standard
By having my students reflect, I am meeting state and national standards.
Check out the YouTube video to see how my share center is set up.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher