I TA'ed for a course called Experimental Games, where my students design and prototype playthings for really young children. My professor teaches the students about childhood development and mechanisms of play, but it was my job to introduce basic physical and electronic prototyping skills, so that the students could create more immersive and engaging projects throughout the semester.
This project was created as a lab activity for my 12 students, and it was well received. Each team of two managed to complete the project within an hour and a half. If you'd like to run this lab yourself, I've attached my .pdf instruction slides. It's a paper circuit translation of this guide by HelloTechie.
(As a heads up, most of the pictures of the step by step were taken when I was still developing the lab. The templates were smaller, and I didn't go in the same steps as I now advertise. Hope it isn't too confusing.)
Components per Kit:
- 4 330 Ohm resistors
- 4 LEDs (blue, red, yellow, green)
- Conductive tape (with conductive adhesive)
- 1x piezo speaker
- Arduino Uno (or Arduino-like microcontroller) and USB cable
- solid-core wire (or jumpers)
- 1 ply chipboard
- card stock or printer paper
- glue stick
- laser cutter OR scissors and an X-Acto knife
- wire stripper