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Ms. O'Brien from Culpeper VA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Crazy About Circuits!

Help me give my students hands-on learning experience with paper circuits and electricity.

  • $184 goal

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My Students

Pearl Sample is a small school of about 614 students. It is located in a rural close-knit community. The school is a genuinely diverse group of students coming from a variety of backgrounds. The school is a title one school. Most of the students have limited exposure to the world outside of our town and a large percent of the student's families struggle financially. We are striving to meet the needs of our students every day and provide them with the experiences they may not get otherwise.

My Project

Students will learn about electricity and circuits by investigating conductors and insulators with Makey Makey and then create their own paper circuits that will light up.


The student will be able to:

-Apply the terms insulators, conductors, open and closed in describing electrical circuits.

- Differentiate between an open and closed electric circuit.

-Differentiate between conductor and insulator

-Create a functioning circuit using copper tape, 3 volt battery, Halloween template/Winter template and 2 LED bulbs

-Create a functioning parallel circuit using copper tape, 3-volt battery, template, LED bulb

Activity I: (30 Min)

* Students will hypothesize whether items are insulators or conductors

Hook up Makey Makey

* Practice completing circuits using Makey Makey and the following apps

* Compare various items to determine whether they are conductors or insulators.

* Go to the website

* Use various materials to determine whether the item is a conductor or insulator.

Complete lab sheet

Activity II:(30 Min)

Build a Basic Circuit (Paper Circuit)

Two - Light Emitting Diode (LED)

Two -3 volt coin battery

Halloween or Winter paper circuit template

Following the template students will Light up their Characters.

The student will then Build a Parallel Circuit

Two- Light Emitting Diode (LED)

one -3 volt coin battery

Circuit template

Ms. O'Brien
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Makey Makey An Invention Kit For Everyone • Amazon Business $33.11 1 $33.11
CR2032 Lithium Battery 3 Volt Coin Button Cell 150 Pack • Amazon Business $26.41 1 $26.41
BIUBLE CR2032 Lithium Button Battery, 200mAh 3 Volt Coin Battery, Coin Button Cell 100 PCS in Original Package • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Printworks White Cardstock, 67 lb, 96 Bright, SFI Certified, Perfect for School and Craft Projects, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 250 Sheets (00554) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
6 Pack Copper Foil Tape with Double-Sided Conductive Adhesive - EMI Shielding,Stained Glass,Soldering,Electrical Repairs,Slug Repellent,Paper Circuits,Grounding (1/4inch X 21.8yards) • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
DiCUNO 450pcs(5 Colors x 90pcs) 5mm LED Light Emitting Diode Round Assorted Color White/Red/Yellow/Green/Blue Kit Box • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

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