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Makerspace @ The Tech: Squishy Circuits in Space!

  • by Makercorps Members on June 28, 2013

    Our first week of Makerspace was a squishy one to say the least! We chose to create a collaborative squishy circuits universe.

    Squishy Circuits are simple circuits made using batteries, Play-Doh, and homemade insulating dough to compose a current to power LEDs, buzzers, and motors. Play-Doh is conductive due to its high salt content while the insulating dough holds resistant qualities because of sugar. Rather than using wire, both types of dough can be used to complete a circuit and it’s easy to change parts and figure out basic electronics!

    Guests were able to get hands on with the basics of circuitry. We encouraged kids and parents to work together to build squishy creations and add them to an illustrated solar system we had laid out on the table. Guests sculpted planets, aliens, asteroids, animals, and rocket ships!

    Some of our guests even came up with names and stories for their squishy creations. One guest called his squishy creation a "Genetically Modified Giant Space Ameoba that could communicate across the universe in Python code.” Another called his the "Blinking Light Factory at the End of the Universe."

    Squishy Circuits instructions, kits, projects, recipes, and more can be found on the Squishy Circuits homepage. Squishy Circuits was developed at The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota by AnnMarie Thomas.

    Kenneth Guglielmino and Lindsay Balfour are the residential Maker Corps members here at The Tech.