What are paper circuits – Paper circuits are a great way to started with exploring the fundamentals of electronics and electricity. Many makerspaces and code clubs these days offer kids the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of electronics and electricity through exploring paper circuits. A paper circuit fundamentally is a fully functioning electronic circuit that has been built using paper instead of a Printed Circuit Board or a PCB. PCB’s are what typical electronic circuits around the world are made up of. Your digital fitbit, your phone, your laptop, your smart television, etc. all have PCB’s in them with complex components all integrated with very high precision. With paper circuits however you can typically create greeting cards, art work, craft work that lights up, art work that people can interact with, etc. at a very low cost.
Paper circuit tutorials are easy to find these days and generally can be put together using easy to access, affordable materials. The beauty of paper circuits is that it allows you to bring together art, design, human creativity and combine it with the learning of electronics. All one needs to get started with paper circuits is some is some cardboard, copper tape, art glue, sticky tape, cheap electronics components like LED’s, resistors, LDR’s, etc. and easy to access art material for purposes of decoration. Kids learning to put together paper circuits are engaged through the process of making. They are also encouraged to let their creative juices flow, decorate the paper circuits using available art work and make their electronics project as colorful as possible.
Let’s make a paper circuit – Our friends at Beanz, A magazine for kids, code and computer science have put together a lovely article on paper circuits. The article focuses on creating a simple but interactive paper circuit which include use of an LED (Light Emitting Diode), copper tape, cardboard, stick tape, glue, paper clips, wires with crocodile clips and a BBC micro:bit. As part of the tutorial you will learn to put together the paper circuit using simple electronic components and then program the BBC micro:bit using the BBC makecode editor to interact with the paper circuit. You can read more about the article here – <Cardboard Circuits @ Beanz>
If you are interested in learning more about paper circuits, how to put one together, what material might be required, where to procure such material and simple tutorials……look no further. Here’s a link to some really awesome tutorials from Sparkfun – <Great big guide to paper circuits at Sparkfun>.
About Beanz – Beanz is STEM magazine for kids with a focus on science and coding. Beanz is put together by a community of teachers, technologists, and writers who love the challenge of exploring technology in ways kids and non-technical adults enjoy and understand. We try to make technology accessible, friendly, and fun. Learn more about Beanz here – https://www.kidscodecs.com/
We offer FREE access to various STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Math) development courses at KidzCanCode.com . At KidzCanCode.com you will find courses on Scratch, BBC Micro:Bit, Raspberry Pi, Robotics and Electronics. You can also check out our online store here – <OzToyLib>.
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