Scrappy Circuits, Teaching Kids to Invent and Build Circuits from Everyday Items

Scrappy Circuits is a concept and book by Michael Carroll. The premise is simple: teaching kids how to think like inventor/creators, and then, getting them to see the everyday world around them as parts for realizing their inventions. Dollar Store electronic devices like tea lights, binder clips, cardboard, and other common parts and supplies become the building blocks for dozens of beginner creations while teaching kids to think far beyond these basics.

Scrappy Circuits is a network of cardboard pieces (known as bricks) with dissected electronic elements attached to them. Binder clips that act as terminals for electricity to travel through each brick. Bricks can be connected using alligator clips or you can make your own Scrappy Clips.

The first five Scrappy Circuits bricks, known as the Core Bricks, can be made with some office supplies and an LED tealight for around one dollar. Educators can build this with their class for around twenty dollars. Each learner will be able to keep their bricks and continue to explore and invent. The learning doesn’t stop there! Plans to make 30+ more bricks from common and/or inexpensive and more than 15 different projects to get your inventing started.

Scrappy Circuits is currently running as a Kickstarter.

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