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X-57 Maxwell: Circuits Activity Guide

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X-57 Maxwell: Circuits Activity Guide cover image shows a female student wearing dark rimmed glasses with a large orange binder open and white squiggly lines and lines and drawings and ideas coming out from the book and from her thoughts.



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Informal Education


Physical Science, Energy, Flight and Aeronautics, Physics


Hands-on Activities

X-57 Maxwell: Circuits Activity Guide

In this activity of the X-57 Maxwell: Circuits Activity Guide, you will be making a paper helicopter that lights up.

X-57 Maxwell: Circuits Activity Guide

Each student or group needs:

  • Helicopter template
  • 16.25” (or longer) strip of double-sided conductive copper foil tape (1/4” width)
  • Note: You can also use single-sided conductive copper foil tape but will need to add an extra step if using this kind of tape and will need a slightly longer piece. Double-sided copper foil tape is conductive on both sides—single- sided copper tape does not have conductive adhesive, so it is only conductive on one side.
  • (2) 5 mm LEDs (you can add 1 or 2 LEDs to the helicopter)
  • CR2032 battery
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paperclip or small binder clip