- Copper and Scotch Tape.
- SMD LEDs
- Workshop material from The Tinkering Studio- Exploratorium … and the Digilent MakerSpace had its own Paper Electronics Workshop!
Jie Qi, a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab, created several free tutorials to introduce people to paper circuits. It was a perfect first workshop for our MakerSpace to host!
Starting with a simple LED circuit, we introduced the basics of using copper tape for circuits.
Then we covered how to make a paper switch.
Then, we did the “Flickering LED”, which was a modification of the switch (putting multiple switches in place).
Then, for the last lesson, we did multiple LEDs in parallel, keeping in mind that all the LEDs had to be the same color family (because of voltage requirements and needing to be in the same direction).
After the last lesson, everyone was turned out to do their own projects.
Check out some of the fun things that came out of the session! To see more, visit our Paper Circuits Flickr Set. We will be loading that site as projects are shared with us.
A very special thank you to Jie Qi for making her work available to use. To see the full set of tutorials including more advanced microcontroller projects, please visit her tutorials on the High Low Tech section of the MIT Media Lab.