Circuit Exploration

Young children learn about electronics and circuitry through exploration and play.

Children are fascinated and engaged by toys that light up and move. This lesson is an example of how teachers can take advantage of this fascination by combining digital fabrication equipment and techniques with traditional craft materials to create an introduction to simple circuits. The students construct, tinker with, and explore the use of circuits to convert electrical energy into light or motion. Students are then challenged to use this circuit as the base for their unique creation of a toy or prop that lights up and/or moves.

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Subjects Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Art

Grade Levels K-3, 4-6

Fab Tools CAD, laser cutter, electronics

Collections Fab Tested, Early Childhood, Museum/Science Center

Contributors Ryan Moreno