Paper Circuits Exploration


Using paper, copper tape, batteries, LEDs, and more, students will explore basic circuits and switches. After understanding the basics, students will be able to use the concepts they have learned to create their own project ideas.


 Project by:
Luke Hanley, Vincent Bett, and Nico Lusardo.


A paper circuit is a functioning electronic circuit built on a paper surface instead of a printed circuit board.

What makes them unique is the use of traditional fine art techniques to create a circuit that combines both aesthetics and functionality. By using paper circuits, students will be able to apply their physics knowledge of circuitry to design unique projects that range from simple greeting cards to complex vehicle counting systems.

The two main aims of this project are to help students apply the knowledge that they gain in class to pursue their own interests and to break the classroom monotony of having to build only what the teacher instructs.  
We decided to do this project because we found out that simple circuits were all represented using black lines thus making it uninteresting to study.  We therefore decided to use copper tape, LEDs, coin cell batteries and our imagination to come up with a project that would not only bring color to physics but would also spark the students creativity and eagerness to learn physics.

After learning the basics, students should be allowed to run with their creativity. This will make them have fun while learning physics. 

Drawing Out Circuits
Problems with Aluminium Tape
Problems with Connections
Pull Tab Switch Example
Card Example
Light Piano Example
Traffic Light Example
Car-Sensing Road Example

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