This workshop explores imagining a city, sketching the city, building the city using cardboard and tape and then illuminating the city with LED lights. In about 2 hours, this project covers topics ranging from geometry, simple circuits and urban design, all through a fun hands-on experience that incorporates both low-tech building and simple circuits. This activity can be aligned to multiple subject areas and grade levels: math, social studies, language arts and more!
This workshop requires several facilitators (recommended = 2). You will need at least one facilitator to help with troubleshooting the simple circuits, and at least one facilitator to help with building the city.
The ideal age group for this workshop is ~12 years old (6th grade), although it can be successfully done with students a few years older and younger. For us, with two facilitators we can comfortably accommodate up to 25 students.
Quick stats: Total time required: 2 hours
Number of facilitators: 2 minimum
Number of students: 25 maximum
Age of students: ~12 years old, +/- 2 (but grownups love it, too!)
Here's what you need to have handy:
Tools & Materials
Nice to Haves:
Before the workshop, cut each student an 8 in x 12 in piece of cardboard for their base.
It is important to have the students fail, tinker and succeed before trying to incorporate their circuit into their city.
A few tips:
If you have additional questions about running this SparkTruck workshop, or if anything in this Instructable is unclear, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The project allows for lots of possibilities for enrichment and content integration.