Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits? What in the world is that? Circuits that are squishy?!?!

Squishy Circuits is a fun and easy hands-on way to learn about electricity and circuits. Inspired by the University of St. Thomas (http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/), I developed my first workshop curriculum around the concept of Squishy Circuits, geared towards children grades 3-5. However, Squishy Circuits have proved to be fun to make for everyone, even adults!

Squishy Circuits are circuits built with conductive and insulating play-dough type material. By connecting wires from your battery pack into conductive dough and sticking LEDs into the play-dough, your LEDs will light up, creating a Squishy Circuit. Also, insulating dough can be used in between the conductive dough to act as a resistor to the current. Using conductive dough and insulating dough of various colors, children can build a wide variety of circuits with different designs and shapes. Some examples of different designs that can be made include hearts, cars, butterflies, snowmen, and much, much more! What circuit and design you choose to make with your conductive and insulating dough is all up to your imagination.

Thank you University of St. Thomas for this wonderful new way to build circuits! Squishy circuits is a perfect mix of science and art!

 

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