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Dough Creatures


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Dough Creatures

In this technology activity, learners light up the room with electrifying play dough creations. Learners use conductive and insulating homemade play dough to build simple circuits. Learners then build a battery-powered creature that can light up and/or buzz.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • mixing bowl
  • wooden mixing spoon
  • saucepan
  • hot plate or stove
  • 2 airtight containers
  • measuring cups/spoons
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 3 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • food coloring
  •  ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. granulated alum
  • ½ cup deionized or distilled water
  • 4 AA batteries or 1 9V
  • battery holder or connector
  • 4 to 8 LEDs, 1.9–2.4 V / 20 mA–40 mA
  • paper and pencil
  • electric buzzers 2V (optional)
  • aluminum foil (optional)
  • switch (optional)
  • wire terminals (optional)
  • soldering iron (optional)
  • assorted craft supplies (optional)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Light and Optics
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Electronics
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • Acknowledges this group's contributions to STEM
    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0813519
  • ExxonMobil

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