Papertronics Challenges: Circuit Stumpers
Challenges for Students and Teachers
Circuitry is often something that is connected directly to science – it’s in the science curriculum, and we know that many science concepts lead to the understanding of circuitry and how circuits work. Math, however, is not often associated with circuitry – and we’re working to change that! Click on one of the following activities to get started:
To view the resource guide with instructions and materials needed for this circuit patterning challenge, click here.
Have you read the book “Anno’s Magic Seeds” by Mitsumasa Anno? If not, you should! This book is packed full of interdisciplinary lessons, including an innate connection to mathematical patterning demonstrated in the following excerpt:
“Once again, in the year after this, 1 plant came up and 2 flowers bloomed and 2 marvelous fruits grew and 2 seeds were made. And again, Jack ate 1 seed and buried the other. The next year, the flowers bloomed again and the marvelous fruits grew and 2 seeds were made just as before. Again, Jack baked 1 seed and ate it and buried the other seed in the ground.”
Papertronics can be used to create an interactive visualization of the growing patterns inherent in the book. Click here to download the resource guide for this challenge! For more activities based on “Anno’s Seeds”, visit EduApps.ca to experiment with coding based around the book’s concept of civilizations.
Using copper tape, batteries, LED lights and butterfly clips, we can demonstrate the AND command that is used in math, as well as coding.
To view the resource guide with instructions and materials needed for this circuit patterning challenge, as well as some additional information on what circuits, Boolean Algebra, and logic gates in digital electronics have in common, click here.
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