Circuit Board

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Learners make a circuit board that has questions and answers. When the correct answer is chosen for a question, a circuit is completed and a light illuminates. Use this activity to introduce learners to circuits and conductive materials. Safety note: battery can become hot when wires are attached to it, so adult supervision is recommended.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • String of holiday lights
  • Insulated wire (about 7 feet)
  • Wire strippers
  • 9-volt battery
  • 12 small nails or metal fasteners
  • File folder or 8” x 11” piece of cardboard
  • Masking tape
  • Two paper clips
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Paper


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Electronics
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access