Makerspaces - Module 9 (Squishy Circuits)

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    Building with Squishy Circuits!

     

    Minds On: Check out this great TED Talk on Squishy Circuits from AnnMarie Thomas.

     

    After watching the video below, tell us what you thought about Squishy Circuits and their use in the classroom in the Discussion.

     

    On Mobile: YouTube Link

     

    Shopping List: Most of the materials for Squishy Circuits can be found at your local grocery store. 

    Conductive Dough:

    • 1 cup Water
    • 1 1/2 cups FlourIngredients for squishy circuits
    • 1/4 cup Salt
    • 3 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar (or 9Tbsp of lemon juice)
    • 1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
    • Food Coloring (optional)

     

    Insulating Dough:

    • 1 1/2 cup Flour
    • 1/2 cup Sugar
    • 3 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
    • 1/2 cup Deionized (or Distilled) Water

     

     

    Ingredients for squishy circuits

     

     

     

    You will also need a power source: four AA battery pack with leads, or a nine volt battery with two alligator clips. You can find these at The Source, or your local electronic store. The most tricky item to buy might be the LED lights. I purchased mine from my local electronic store: Creatron or Sayal Electronics. The most inexpensive option I found was using the battery snaps. You can get ten of these for around five dollars.

     

     

     

     

    Let's Explore: Making Squishy Circuits

     

    Step One: Make the Dough

     

    On Mobile: YouTube Link

     

    A how to make Conductive Dough text tutorial.

     

    On Mobile: YouTube Link

     

    A how to make Insulating Dough text tutorial.

     

    Step Two: Squishy Circuits Explained and Safety Tips

     

     

    On Mobile: YouTube Link

     

    On Mobile: YouTube Link

     

    Step Three: Time to Start Squishing!

     

    Live from the Mulcaster kitchen!

     

    On Mobile: YouTube Link

     

    Three Squishy Circuits in Two Minutes

     

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    Follow the link here for some additional Squishy Circuits, should you be up to the challenge!

     

    Consolidation: Take a picture of a play dough circuit you created and post it to the discussion page. What did you like about this experience? How would you modify or use this experience for learners in the classroom? What might you like to try next?

     

    Add to the Discussion on Squishy Circuits.

     

    We encourage you to read through the posts of your peers and to comment and contribute where you feel a connection.

     

    Additional Resources and Links:

     

    Squishy Circuits: http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/howTo.htm

    Squishy Circuits Sylvia’s Super Awesome Mini Maker Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDZo51k2BWQ

    The Tinkering Studio Squishy Circuits: http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/squishy-circuits

    DIY Squishy Circuits Kit: http://www.thisishappystuff.com/?p=3730

    Squishy Circuits Classroom Guide: http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/PDFs/Squishy%20Circuits%20Classroom%20Guide.pdf

     

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