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Welcome to our page of instructions for all the project kits in the Electric Program. If you landed here by accident head over to the 4-H Membership website and order a free kit or two for your child.

At the conclusion of your project please provide us with valuable feedback on this survey.

*****TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES for your Project Record!!!!!

October Halloween Project Instruction Video

Pay attention to the LED leads. One is short (-) and one is long (+). Current flows from positive (+) to negative (-). The current will leave the battery and flow through the circuit taking the fastest route.

  • Supplies needed 0:28
  • Attach Copper Foil 0:53
  • LEDs 2:30
  • Test Battery & LEDs 3:02
  • How electricity flows through the parallel circuit 3:54
  • Completing the Project 4:21
  • Frankenstein’s Monster Finished 4:40
  • Pumpkin Finished 4:45

Simple Circuits Supplies

View the completed paper circuits projects

  • The Doorbell Circuit is the most difficult. Consider doing it last. The buzzer has tiny leads. You can strip off more of the insulation to expose more wire. Finger pressure on the copper tape at the connecting point helped us complete the circuit.
  • The Flap Tab Switch – You may use the index card to cut out your switch and tape it to the pattern or you may do as Matthew did in the video and cut the pattern, folding the flap switch up to complete the circuit.
  • Parallel Circuit – Pay attention to the LED leads. One is short and one is long. Current flows from positive (+) to negative (-). The current will leave the battery and flow through the circuit taking the fastest route. In this circuit, the current will split and the 2 LEDs will share the power. (see How-to & Troubleshooting video 3:01)
  • Traffic Light – This has a flap for the battery connector (see How-to & Troubleshooting video 2:55) This consists of 3 simple series circuits that are completed as the paper clip is moved to close each circuit in turn.
  • Lamp – This is a simple series circuit with a clicker switch and an LED.

How-to & Troubleshooting video

Video Table of Contents

  • Attaching the adhesive foil: 0:10
  • Placing the battery to complete the circuit: 1:15
  • LEDs: 3:04
  • Parallel Circuits: 3:41

More Paper Circuit troubleshooting tips:

  • There is only one battery so you will need to share it among projects. To attach the battery roll a bit of copper with the adhesive side out and ensure it is connected to the circuit. (How-to & Troubleshooting video 1:15)
  • Make sure the connections are tight. When the power is flowing use finger pressure to help the copper make contact.
  • Attaching the adhesive copper foil (How-to & Troubleshooting video 0:10) If the copper foil is wrinkled you may need to pull it off and apply a smoother strip. Wrinkled copper will create more resistance than our little batteries have power. If you are able to miter the corners (How-to & Troubleshooting video 0:59) otherwise cut it at the corner and be sure it overlaps enough to complete the circuit.
  • The lights have different sized leads. Make sure you have them oriented correctly. (How-to & Troubleshooting video 3:04)

Bristle Bot Instruction Video

At the conclusion of your project please provide us with valuable feedback on this survey.

Written By

Pam Kerley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPam Kerley4-H Program Assistant Call Pam Email Pam N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lee County Center
Page Last Updated: 1 week ago
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