Top
Get science ideas & lessons right in your inbox!

STEM Challenges: Paper Circuits with Copper Tape

STEM challenges with copper conductive tape are so much fun! Students love making paper circuits with these STEM activities. Teach kids about electrical circuits by using copper tape, LED lights, and paper! Kids will love these simple circuit projects. All you need is some double conductive copper tape, coin batteries, and LED diode lights.  You can use this to teach students about current electricity and electrical circuits.  The first one I like to do is to have students make a simple circuit with a switch.  With this concept, I can teach them closed circuit, open circuit, electrical switch, conductivity and so much more. These circuit projects for kids are so much fun! Students will learn how to make a paper circuit with a switch. Get your Copper Tape Stem Challenge today.

copper tape simple circuit with switch

Some students benefit from templates that will help them with placement.  The templates can also be used to help students troubleshoot their own designs. The paper circuit templates make it easy to use and provide support for students who need it. 

paper circuit templateHow to make a paper circuit with a switch.

The copper paper circuits lesson plan will make it easy to teach this concept.

From there I build on circuits with series circuits and parallel circuits.  I do not usually tell students exactly how to do it, I like to have them troubleshoot to practice their engineering and design skills.

Copper Tape Paper Circuit Templates

This one is set up with a paper circuit. 

Students love STEM challenges and Engineering Activities! Be sure to see making a balloon-powered car.

 Once students can learn how to make a circuit, you can have them push the lights forward to make all kinds of fun designs…like the eyes for this robot!

paper circuit lesson plan
copper tape STEM Christmas Project

The copper tape LED circuits can be used for STEM Christmas projects also.

light saber light up paper circuit
light up paper circuit snowman
 Students will love these holiday stem challenges.
paper circuit simple circuit with switch

Goes nicely with fourth-grade science lesson plans and fourth-grade NGSS and Utah SEEd standards.

I also have students explore different types of switches.

paper circuit project ideas
 

 My complete unit on Paper Circuits has ten challenges, an article on electrical circuits, follow-up pages, help with troubleshooting, directions with photos, and more. You can purchase it here on this site. STEM Challenges With Copper Tape or on TPT  Copper Tape Paper Circuits STEM Challenges

Both downloads are identical in every way – if you download directly from this site, you’re giving me the maximum amount of support! Either way, your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.

This site uses 100% secure checkout with PayPal, and after checkout, your download is instantly available.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy using this unit in your classroom!

Perfect for electricity lesson plans fourth grade.
electrical circuit paper circuit unit
Preview
paper circuit project ideas
paper circuit copper tape
Also Christmas and Holiday STEM Challenges
Electrical Tape Stem Challenges

Join my newsletter and get science ideas delivered to your inbox!

    We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.

    Start Here

    Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

     
    Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning

    Expedition Fourth

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

    Expedition Fourth

    Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
    My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

     
    Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer

    Heidi J

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

    Heidi J

    My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
    I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

     
    Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit

    Tina S

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    5
    2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

    Tina S

    I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
    The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

     
    Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

    Richard S

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    5
    2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

    Richard S

    The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
    As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

     
    Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

    Sharon M

    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
    5
    2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

    Sharon M

    As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
    5
    3
    Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams