Make a Valentine's Day Paper Circuit Card
Teach circuits in an engaging way by having students create a Valentine’s Day card that lights up!
Students learn the difference between an open and closed circuit. They also learn how a switch can be used to alternate between an open and closed circuit.
Students will have so much fun they won’t even realize how much they are learning!
VALENTINE’S DAY PAPER CIRCUIT CARD
white paper (preferably card stock)
clear plastic tape
crayons, markers, or colored pencils
To create a card each student will need 1 card template, 1 battery, 1 LED light, 2 pieces of copper tape approximately 6 inches and 4 1/2 inches. You will also need some clear plastic tape.
Step 1: Give each student a card template and have them decorate it.
Step 2: Open the card up to the inside.
Step 3: Place the copper tape on the negative side. Carefully peel the back off of the copper tape a little at a time.
Step 4: Start in the circle where the battery will go. When you come to the corner fold the tape in the opposite direction then fold it back in the direction that you want to go.
Step 5: Continue sticking down the rest of the copper tape until it touches the drawing of the light bulb wire.
Step 6: Next place a piece of copper tape on the positive side. Begin at the side where it says fold. When you come to the corner remember to fold the tape in the opposite direction then fold it back in the direction that you want to go.
Step 7: Next place the battery in the circle with the positive side facing up. Place a small amount of clear plastic tape on the top right side of the battery to hold it in place.
Step 8: Punch a small hole where the picture of the lightbulb is. Feed the lightbulb through the hole. Attach the longer wire to the positive side of the copper tape and the shorter wire to the negative side of the copper tape with clear plastic tape. Be sure that the wires come in contact with the copper tape in order to complete the circuit.
Step 9: Fold the corner of the card so that the copper tape comes in contact with the battery. This acts as a switch turning on the light and completes the circuit.
Easily integrate STEM into your Valentine’s Day plans with this Valentine’s Day Paper Circuit Card! For more information, in depth teacher instructions, student handouts, vocabulary cards, circuit passage with comprehension questions, and a student reflection page view the full resource HERE.
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