Step-by-step instructions for making your own Paper Circuits examples, which have been thoughtfully designed to inspire your participants to start creating!
How to use these examples
When preparing to facilitate a creative learning activity, it is important to think carefully about how you're setting up the learning environment. One very important component of this set-up is populating your space with a variety of example projects.
During your workshop, make these examples available to your participants simply by scattering them around in the middle of your work table with the rest of your materials. This allows participants to use the examples as a reference if they’re looking for inspiration, have a question, or choose to examine them.
As a facilitator, it is important to avoid walking your participants through every step that went into making an example or having every participant make one of the examples. Simply introduce the workshop prompt or theme, and let people dive right in!
And remember, you don’t have to have all the answers. Good examples can help with troubleshooting and questions from your participants, so don’t be afraid to refer someone to an example (or a peer’s project) if they’re stuck!
1. A Basic Circuit
What we like about this example: This example is useful as a reference for how paper circuits work. We like to write down useful information onto the example itself (e.g. how to place the LEDs). We recommend making at least 4 of these, so many people can reference them during your workshops. While these examples are a good starting point for constructing basic circuits, make sure to also include some themed activity-related examples to support creative inspiration for your participants (see below).
Materials needed: You can make this example with paper, copper tape, an LED light, a binder clip, a 3V battery, and something to write with.
2. Vintage Photo Remix
What we like about this example: This example is helpful for participants who feel uncomfortable making something from scratch. Remixing existing images can be a good jumping-off point to more free-form prompts.
Materials needed: You can make this example with any image you like, paper, copper tape, an LED light, a binder clip, glue, a 3V battery, and scissors (or an x-acto knife).
3. LED Shadow Box Art
What we like about this example: This example showcases the possibilities of creating in 3D with paper circuits. It also highlights a different battery layout (a sandwich technique, rather than a corner fold). There are many different ways to build these shadow box projects, and below we will showcase one technique. Feel free to remix or invent your own style!
Materials needed: You can make this example with paper, copper tape, an LED light, a binder clip, a 3V battery, and scissors (or an x-acto knife).
4. Other starter examples
You can find other examples on the Chibitronics website chibitronics.com/how-to …or make up your own idea!