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Just peel and stick LEDs, sensors, and even microcontrollers, to make instant circuits.

Circuit stickers from Chibitronics are the simplest and most elegantly designed kit for kids i’ve seen in a while. As someone who has tested similar kits (and has had experience with circuitry in general), I can say that this kit is worthwhile.

The included Circuit Sticker Sketchbook is a quaint yet innovative way to walk you through the learning process. The instructions are an experience in themselves: you start off with a simple circuit of an LED and a battery, and you end up with the ability to use multiple components, including sound and light sensors and even a microcontroller sticker! If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to step into circuit building, this is definitely the way to go.

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I put together this fun and simple array of LEDs using basic circuitry and a little creativity. All you need is copper tape, LED stickers, and a 3V coin cell battery from a Chibitronics kit, plus paper, scissors, and a pen.

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Steps

Step #1: Sketch your circuit.

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After making some easy sample circuits in the Sketchbook, I sketched out a basic wiring diagram for 4 LEDs, and then copied that 6 times in an array.

Step #2: Stick your stickers.

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I placed the stickers and battery on my base layer and connected them with the copper tape. Then I added a top layer to “close the switch” — to connect the negative side of the circuit to the negative side of the battery.

Step #3: Embellish.

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I added a paper layer in between to reduce the risk of shorting the battery, and drew some designs on it for fun.

Step #4: Activate!

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Press the top layer so that the contacts are connected, and you’ll see the design come to life.

Paloma Fautley

Paloma Fautley

Paloma Fautley is an engineering intern at Make: Labs. She is currently pursuing a degree in robotics engineering and has a wide range of interests, from baking to pyrotechnics.


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