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Paper Circuits Activity

A hands-on activity using printable templates and creating simple paper circuits. Good for MakerFaires, libraries, classrooms and other STEM related events where participants can create their own take-away.

Cost: About $0.50 (50 cents) per item, estimates are provided in the materials list

Time: about 5 minutes to make a single item

Age: approximately ages 9 & up (not for very young children/battery is a choking hazard)

• Coin Batteries ($0.30 each)

• Copper tape with conductive adhesive ($0.10) - Less than 12 inches per badge

• LED’s ($0.05)

• Small binder clips ($0.05)

• NASA Images of exploding stars/pulsars/neutron stars (PDF linked below)

• Hand held hole punchers

• Small trash can – little bits of trash are produced during the activity

Paper Airplane


Test how far your airplane flies using the same distance markers every time. Each time you launch your plane, try to throw it with the same amount of “oomph” (a nontechnical term for “force”).

Make Your Own Flipbook

SN87a: Full color

SN87a: Printer ink-friendly

3D Paper Models













Cost: Under $5

Time: 2-4 hours


• 6 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 paper printer

• scissors

• glue

• 2 pieces of heavier paper or cardboard for a cover (could even use a cereal box)

• optional materials - anything for decorating the cover - glue/glitter/yarn/markers/crayons/etc.


Cost: Under $2

Time: 30 minutes


• 4 sheets of paper

• pencil

• ruler or straight edge

• jar lid or something round

• scissors

• tape

Published: December 2018

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