Unplug and code: Create a paper circuit
This challenge has been written by EU Code Week Team and is part of the EU CODE WEEK CHALLENGES.
  1. Teachers
  2. Students (7-14)
  1. Beginner
  1. 1 hour
Recommended Materials
  1. paper or cardboard
  2. crayons or marker
  3. coin-cell battery
  4. copper tape
  5. LED circuit stickers
  6. paper clip
  1. Enhance creativity
  2. Develop problem-solving skills
Draw and object of your choice. It can be a night sky, a ladybird, a robot, a Christmas tree or anything you can think of. Feel free to personalize your project with EU Code Week visuals: you can explore the EU Code Week teacher toolkit and download any logo or visual you wish. You can even create a paper circuit invitation to EU Code Week. Add a motivating message to your circuit to encourage other teachers to join Code Week and/or to check the website dedicated to schools.
  • Draw an object and decide which parts will be illuminated (e.g. stars)..
  • Make a hole through the paper with a pencil and insert a LED sticker in each illuminated part. .
  • Draw a circle where you will place the coin-cell battery..
  • Draw a + and a - track on the other side of the paper. Make sure that the longer leg of the LED circuit sticker is connected to the “+” side of the battery and the shorter to the “-” side of the battery..
  • Lay the copper tape on the tracks..
  • Create a fold so that when the paper covers the battery the LED is illuminated. You can use a paper clip to ensure good contact with the copper tape..
  • Take a picture of your paper circuit and share it on Instagram, explaining why you think it is worth it to take part in this initiative. .
Share the link to your work in your Instagram Bio: tap the Edit Profile button on your Instagram and add the link to your work in the Website field. After that, create a new post, add a screenshot of your work, write “Link in Bio”, add the hashtag #CodeWeekChallenge and mention @CodeWeekEU.
You prefer to share your challenge(s) on Facebook? EU Code Week will pin a new Challenge post on their Facebook page . You then just need to comment on the post with the link to your work.
Winners will be selected and offered Code Week goodies every day during Code Week between 9 – 24 October and announced on our Instagram and Facebook channels, so don't forget to check your notifications regularly.
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See some examples of paper circuits:
Click here to download this challenge as a word document.