What Makes You Shine? Light-up Intro Badge

by patricia in Classroom

Published on April 17, 2017

Tags : Art, Design, Engineering, Kid Crafts, Language

This activity introduces simple circuits using Chibitronics LED light stickers. The students will be able to introduce and express something special about themselves by making a personal light-up name badge. This activity can serve as a creative hands-on icebreaker. A great way to welcome your students and begin a school year!

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Materials

For this activity you will need (per student):

1 Circuit Sticker
1 (3V) coin cell battery (Store your batteries separately, and away from other bits of metal. This avoids accidental connections that can drain the batteries.)
1 Binder clip
Conductive copper tape. (The edges on the copper tape can be sharp. Watch your fingertips.)
Simple Circuit Template
Precut card stock paper for name badge.

Tools

Scissors
Pins (Badge pins or safety pins)
Drawing supplies

Chibitronics Products

Classroom Pack of Red, Yellow and Blue LED stickers
Classroom Pack of White LED stickers

Circuit template

https://chibitronics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Chibi_tricard_template-4.pdf
Grades
Elementary
Estimated Time
60 mins
Lesson Objective

Build a simple circuit on paper
Design a light-up name badge
Learn how a circuit works
Learn Key Concepts: simple circuit (power, connector and LEDs), current, complete circuit, short circuit

Standards

ISTE standards:
1. Creativity and innovation- Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
2. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

NGSS Standards
Practice 1 Asking questions and defining problems

Instructions

Let’s Start Create your own light-up name badge and be ready to share the project with your students to spark their interestGive cardstock paper and sketching supplies to the students. Ask them to write their names and draw something unique about themselves.Creative prompts I am learning to… I have never… I like… This year I plan to… Have the students quickly share their sketches with the person sitting next to them.Ask them to identify and mark the part in their sketch that they want to light-up.(For example in the picture below the foot in the sketch has been marked with a dot.) Pass around the template, copper tape, battery, LED light and binder clip. Follow the instructions on the template to make the circuit. You could use this step as an opportunity to provoke questions and also encourage the students to share their questions with the group.Question prompts Describe what… ? What would happen if …? Why do you think that …? How would you…? Remember to ask, “What questions do you have?”Once the circuit is complete and working, have the students place their circuits underneath their drawing, aligning the light with the part they want to light up.Wrap-UpEncourage students to wear their name badges and share something about themselves using their new creations.Give the students a chance to share their learning experiences with the group.Reflective prompts What did I find most challenging about this activity? How did I fix the problem? Where else do I see circuits? What would I create next with circuits?Projects GalleryAlignment to StandardsWe think the following standards are most relevant to this activity. You could adapt this list for your class session. The complete list of all the standards can be found on the respective websites of each framework.ISTE standards:
  • Creativity and innovation- Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
NGSS Standards
  • Practice 1 Asking questions and defining problems
  • Practice 6 Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
 

 

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