Adorn your body with electrifyingly awesome jewelry that you build yourself. Learn how to construct a circuit using LEDs, watch batteries and a binder clip switch. Add colorful beads and wires for decoration, and adhere them to a hair clip, pin, or bracelet. You can make your barrettes blink and your lapels light up. Before long, you’ll be all blinged-out!
Why we like it
What are the qualities we value in this activity?
Science and Art Connections
As you build your own bling, you will be learning about how to make and fix basic circuits. In addition to this important science content, you will also be able to explore your creative side by making aesthetically pleasing pieces of jewelry.
Connection to the Real World
This activity will help you understand the basic principle of how electricity flows through a circuit. This knowledge can help you in daily life, where you use items—such as cell phones, music players, and computers—that use circuits. Maybe you’ll even be able to fix a broken one someday!
STEM as a means, not an end
While this activity will certainly increase your knowledge and understanding of science and technology, especially related to circuits, the overall goal of Build Your Own Bling is to do just that—build your own bling. You will be learning and using this content while you create your pieces of art.