Build-A-Buzzer Game Instructions

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Everything you need to know about your Tinderbox Makerbox Build-A-Buzzer Game kit!


About Your Kit

With the Build-A-Buzzer kit you can build an electronic wire loop game that uses a buzzer to make sound!

Before Getting Started

Please note that the materials in your kit may differ slightly from the images shown, however they all work in the same way.

Here’s what your kit comes with:

WARNINGS – kit contains:

CHOKING AND INJURY HAZARDS – Contains small, detachable, and sharp components.
ELECTRONIC & SMALL COMPONENTS  – Keep out of reach of young children. Ingestion or swallowing may lead to serious injury. Seek immediate medical advice if a component has been ingested. Discontinue use if any sparks, smoke, burning, excessive heat or fire occurs while using components. Do not leave electronics powered on and unattended – always switch off power supplies and disconnect cables after use.
AGE RANGE: For ages 10 years and up. Not suitable for children 0-3 years. Adult supervision recommended.
MAINTENANCE: Keep all contents clean and dry. Do not get wet. Do not use any components if damaged.
DISPOSAL: Do not put electronics in general waste. Dispose safely at a household waste collection facility.

Please note that the materials in your kit may differ slightly from the images shown, however they all work in the same way.

Setting Up The Breadboard & Power Supply

The first to do is to setup your breadboard & power supply – take a look at our videos below to find out more.


Build Your Circuit!

Once your breadboard & power supply are setup, you’re ready to go! Take a look at our video & instructions below to find out more.

Your Circuit!

You have made a CIRCUIT that allows an electric CURRENT to flow!

The copper handle acts as a gap in the circuit – when the copper handle touches the copper wire loop, the gap is closed


Electronics Basics

What is electricity?

A type of energy or power fueled by the transfer of electrons from positive and negative points within a conductor.

Electricity is measured in power units called Watts (W).

Current is the rate at which an electric charge flows. Imagine the charged electrons as a river – current is how quickly the river is flowing.

Current is measured in Amperes/Amps (A).

Voltage is what makes electric charges move – it is the ‘push’ or pressure from the circuit’s power source that moves charged electrons (current) through a conductor. As a river, voltage would be its force or power.

Voltage is measured in Volts (V).

Resistance is a measurement of how much the component will reduce the current flow. Resistance is like a pipe that current flows through – a bigger resistance means a smaller pipe, so the current flow is less.

Resistance is measured in ohms (Ω).

What is a circuit?

An electrical circuit is a path in which electrons from a voltage or current source flow.

An electrical circuit includes a device that gives energy to the current, such as a battery; devices that use current, such as lights or motors; and the connecting wires between devices.

Direct current (DC) is one-directional. The positive charge flows away from the positive terminal of the power supply (e.g. the battery) towards the negative terminal, moving through the circuit to get there.

This is why some components need to be connected in a certain way, for example batteries, which have positive and negative markings to show you. 

Some components, like LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) have one long ‘leg’ or (the positive pin, or anode) and one short pin (negative, cathode), so that you know which way they are “facing” in the circuit and what direction the current should flow through them. Other components may also have an anode/cathode but will be marked a different way.

Some components, again like LEDs, require extra resistance to be added to circuits too (in the form of resistors) to limit the current through the LED and prevent it burning out.

In your Tinderbox Makerbox kit, you have all the components to make a simple circuit and they are marked by the manufacturer to show you how to connect them.

Always be careful when working with electronics and practicing circuits.

More information

Special thanks to Yann Seznec for consultation on the kits and Mark Kobine of The Institute for Design Informatics and Creative Informatics for custom 3D printing design & support.

For more information on the Tinderbox Makerbox kits please go here or contact or

Partners & Supporters

This project has been supported by:

  • The Institute for Design Informatics
  • Creative Informatics
  • Creative Scotland
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Design Team

Tinderbox Makerbox Team Working At Desks

These kits have been designed by our amazing team of apprentices at the Tinderbox Lab:

Series Two:

  • Dominika Jackowska
  • Liam Dempsey

With special thanks to Yann Seznec for consulation & support of the kits, and to Mark Kobine of The Institute for Design Informatics and Creative Informatics for custom 3D printing design & support.