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Paper Circuits & LED Cards
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Handout for IYSI Presention

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Handout for Tinker's presentation at the Illinois Youth Services Institute's Presentation

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Handout for IYSI Presention

  1. 1. Paper Circuits & LED Cards Cost: Level of difficulty: Age group: Size of group: 12-15 kids Program duration: 1 hour-1.5 hours Prep time: Low Staffing: 1-2 people Equipment: LEDs, copper tape, CR2032 batteries, crayons, colored pencils, tape, scissors, card stock, thumb tacks, cardboard scraps, templates, tape, glue (Amazon.com). Program Tips:  Use squishy circuits or Little Bits to introduce how circuits work  Kids/Teens can create also anything using paper, copper tape LEDs, batteries - cards, lanterns or adding LEDS to pictures  Positive to positive and negative to negative when creating a circuit with the LEDs and batteries. tinkerfolks@gmail.com http://tinkergroup.wordpress.com @TinkerGroup facebook.com/tinker.folks Contact information: Alison Tseng, Algonquin Public Library, atseng@aapld.org Katie LaMantia , Schaumburg Township District Library, klamantia@stdl..org Renee Neumeier, Evanston Public Library, rneumeier@cityofevanston.org Arduinos Cost: Level of difficulty: Age group: Size of group: 10 kids (1 kit and computer for 2 kids) Program duration: 1-1.5 hours Prep time: High Staffing: 1-2 people Equipment: Computers, Arduino kit (including LEDs, wires, resistors, etc.) , Arduino software Prep: Download free Arduino software from www.arduino.cc and Arduino codes . Assemble the boards and breadboards for each Arduino kit. Program Tips:  Purchasing a kit gives your materials for a variety projects  Arduinos use the coding language C/C++  Start with a simple program like blink, have teens look at the code and see if they figure out how to set- up Arduino, breadboard LED and resistor to work  Once they’ve mastered the project encourage kids to tweak the code  Introduce new projects the same way—some favorites are projects that play music or light up multiple LEDS
  2. 2. tinkerfolks@gmail.com http://tinkergroup.wordpress.com @TinkerGroup facebook.com/tinker.folks Squishy Circuits Cost: Level of difficulty: Age group: Size of group: 12-15 kids Program duration: 45-60 minutes Prep time: Medium Staffing: 2 people Equipment: Squishy Circuits kits (Amazon.com) or battery pack, buzzer, motor, conductive and insulating dough, 10mm diffused LED (Radio Shack), food coloring Prep Time: 30 minutes to make conductive/insulating dough Program tips:  Use activities from the St. Thomas University website http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/ SquishyCircuits/BUILDINGCIRCUITS.htm Little Bits Cost: Level of difficulty: Age group: Size of group: 12-15 kids Program duration: 45-60 minutes Prep time: Low Staffing: 1-2 people Equipment: Little Bits http://littlebits.cc/ (educator discount) Program tips:  Tons of project ideas on the website http://littlebits.cc/  Create an open ended question— ex: make something that lights up, make something that vibrates Wearables Cost: Level of difficulty: Age group: Size of group: 12-15 kids Program duration: 1.5-2 hours Prep time: Low Staffing: 2 people Equipment: Felt, lace, sewing needles, thread, conductive thread, snaps, 10mm LEDs, CR2032 batteries, Adafruit sewable battery holder (Ada Fruit, amazon.com) Program tips:  Talk through how circuits work  May need to go over sewing basics  Try, fail , revise

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