Wooden blocks with different components for creating circuitsExperimenting with batteries, bulbs, buzzers, switches and other electrical components is a great way to learn about circuits and start to think about how to incorporate sounds into your Build a Better Book project.

Some key considerations for students to keep in mind when adding circuits and switches to create tactile elements:

  • What will help identify the switch and differentiate it from other tactile elements?
  • What unique features (e.g., shape, texture, etc.) should be included to explain how to activate a switch?
  • How big or small does an element need to be in order to be understood by touch? Keep in mind appropriate scale relative to other elements in the project, etc.

Circuits and Switches Resources

Making Circuit Tiles
Sound Design with Makey Makey
Paper Circuits from Sparkfun