MAKE things light up with simple circuits!

Circuits are all around us but we normally don’t pay much attention to how they work. A circuit is a loop that connects volts from a power source (such as a battery) to an output (such as a light or motor). Learn more about the technical aspects of circuits from this tutorial on SparkFun.

In addition to traditional electronic components, circuits can be made out of a variety of conductive materials, such as conductive thread, conductive tape, or even conductive ink.

Our favorite introduction to circuits is to make things light up. Combining an LED light and a coin-size battery (3 volt CR2032 batteries are our favorite) you can make a simple circuit connection that has a lot of creative potential. Simply attach tape or a binder clip to keep the circuit connected and consider what you can turn it into…a ring, a pendant, a bow tie, a hair bow? The possibilities are endless! Follow these simple steps to create your own: LED bling tutorial

Advanced electrical concepts can be explored by extending this same concept of simple circuits into soldering electrical components to a printed computer board. We like to start to learn how to solder with this tutorial that creates a blinking LED badge.

Soldering is serious business and needs to have a lot of safety considerations, but with the proper precautions we believe that children of all ages can successfully and safely learn to solder as long as they have appropriate adult supervision. Learn more about soldering basics here and be sure to check out our favorite one-page soldering guide here designed by Super Awesome Sylvia.