Our program coordinator, Dallin Graham, had the idea of having the children do Halloween paper circuits by cutting out orange colored pumpkins that they can place on top of their circuit. This not only gave the children a basic knowledge of circuits, but provided the children a way which paper circuits could creatively be applied to everyday life. We had just over twenty children participate.
We started the activity by getting to know the children and seeing what they know about circuits already. Most had no previous knowledge, but caught on quickly. Next, they were taught about the parts they would be using, mainly copper tape and coin-cell battery’s. Although the project was slightly challenging for the children, through the process of trial-and-error, they did gain a complete understanding of paper circuits when they had finished their take-home Halloween project.
We believe in the importance of community outreach because it allows us to teach children who have little or no knowledge of the skills we implement at our Makerspace and allow them to build an experience-based foundation of lifelong learning. Plans are being put into place for expanding our outreach in the near future. In the meantime, we enjoy interacting with the children who attend our library events.