LED lights are everywhere. From traffic signals to holiday lights, LEDs light up our world in ways that are not only beautiful, but efficient too.
In this 4-week afterschool program, young designers currently in grades 3-5 will delve into the world of LEDs through projects that allow them to create and test unconventional designs, all while taking a closer look at how LEDs work and how they function in our everyday lives.
Each week, designers will experiment with LEDs using techniques from a variety of disciplines. They’ll make things with:
Copper foil tape
Coin cell batteries
Transistors and Resistors
And of course, LED lights
In the process, young designers will practice design thinking through empathetic questioning, teamwork, brainstorming activities, prototyping, and testing and refining ideas. As a result, they will become more comfortable using science, technology, engineering, and math as a way of exploring and understanding the world.
Participating designers will:
Learn the components of a standard LED, transistor, and resistor
Learn basic circuitry skills
Improve logic skills
Develop a basic understanding of chaos theory and explore through application
Learn vocabulary that describes circuitry, and photography techniques
Gain a better understanding of repurposing and sustainability
Learn through experimentation and invention
LED Love will meet from 4:00-5:30 pm on four consecutive Wednesdays: September 7, 14, 21, and 28.