Maker Camp Recap: Circuit Circus

Closed Circuit 2

The MiniMakers have been busy this summer making and creating!  We just finished our Circuit Circus Maker Camp and had a blast learning all about Circuits.  We started off camp by creating closed circuits to light up our bugs for our Flee Circus.

Closed Circuit

Once we became familiar with closed circuits we added switches and buttons, creating open and closed circuits to our creations.

Electromagnet 2

You can’t talk about motors without creating Electromagnets for your Acrobats to swing from!

Electromagnet 3

Electromagnet 4

Continuing into DC Motors we created Wiggling Animals to perform in our Circus.  Turning up all kinds of animals only seen in the NanoLab Circus!

Vibrating Motor 2

Vibrating Motor 1

MiniMakers can’t get enough of Motors, especially when we combine them with paint!  We put our skills to the test to create Spin Art Boxes, creating a circuit that can be turned on and off, has multiple wires to connect, and not to mention all the cardboard and hot glue to make the box itself.

Spin Art 3

Spin Art 2

Spin Art 1

We had the misfortune of extreme heat and no AC in the Tech Center causing us to miss out on two days of camp, but we were lucky enough to still sneak in circuit boards using a Makey Makey.  We decided to create games based on the rule, “Don’t Complete the Circuit.”  Think of the game Operation, where you are trying to get the object out without causing the nose to light up.  Same concept with our games.  We had Mazes, we had throwing games, fishing games, quiz games, and more!

Makey Makey 2

Makey Makey 1

Makey Makey 3

Makey Makey 4

The best part was being able to show off our Games the last day of camp with our Family and Friends!

Showcase 2

Showcase 1

We had so much fun during our Circuit Circus Camp we can’t wait to see what else the MiniMakers will create in the months to come!

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