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Design and Build Circuits with Makey Makey

 

Understanding electronics is a key to many of the careers of the future. Get a fun, hands-on introduction to electronic components by creating crazy circuits combining Makey Makey circuit boards with everything from fruits and vegetables to Play-Doh and coins.
 
We will begin by looking at different kinds of circuits and how we use them in everyday life. Students will learn to recognize and use the symbols found in electrical diagrams. They will experiment with switches, conductors and insulators as they build a simple electric motor. Students will also design and build a working game controller out of paper or cardboard. Then they will use Makey Makey circuit boards as a base for a video game project. We will also take a look at careers such as electrical engineering to inspire students to continue with studies in the field.

What You Will Learn

 

Discover how electronic components work by creating wacky circuits linking Makey Makey circuit boards with everyday items like bananas, potatoes or Play-Doh.

  • Gain an understanding of circuits, including open and closed circuits and series and parallel circuits
  • Become familiar with electronic terms and symbols used in electrical diagrams
  • Create a simple circuit to light a lightbulb
  • Learn about conductors and insulators and experiment with extending circuits using non-standard items
  • Gain an understanding of voltage and resistance
  • Make a paper clip switch and test for conductors and insulators
  • Build a simple electric motor
  • Learn how to use Makey Makey components to build circuits
  • Design and build a paper or cardboard controller
  • Complete a video game project by combining Makey Makey circuit boards with a variety of components
  • Learn about careers in electronics and electrical engineering
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Note: Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment. 

In response to COVID-19 health guidelines, we have restructured our in-person Junior Academy workshops as
online courses. Contact us at srs@ucsd.edu if you have questions.

Course Number: CSE-90099
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)

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