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 are the extra materials you’ll need:
- A pair of scissors
Here’s what your kit comes with:
For ages 8 years +
WARNINGS – kit contains:
CHOKING HAZARDS – Small, detachable and sharp parts.
COIN CELL BATTERY – Keep out of reach of young children. Swallowing may lead to serious injury or death.
UNLOCKABLE COIN CELL HOLDER – Be aware that battery is easy to insert and remove.
Not suitable for children under 3 years.
Keep parts clean and dry – do not get wet.
Use with adult supervision only.
Here’s what you’ll need to do before starting the kit:
- Test the battery, battery pack and motor.
Make sure the battery pack is switched off.
Insert the 3V coin cell battery into the battery pack (positive (+) side up).
Connect the motor to the battery pack like so:
– connect the red wire of the vibration motor to the positive (+) terminal on the battery pack
– connect the blue or black wire of the vibration motor to the negative (-) terminal on the battery pack
Turn the battery pack switch on. If it’s working correctly, the vibration motor will turn on and start to shake!
If nothing happens, check the connections between the battery pack and the motor, or try changing the battery, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems.
When you’re done testing, remember to switch off the battery pack to preserve the battery life.
You’re good to go!
Time to Make: 1-2 hours
Jingle Baubells The Game
Click to run this game where you can build a digital electronic bauble!
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.