Simple circuits are key to the magic in this Harry Potter Wands STEM Project. Includes an easy built in circuit break for an on/off switch. Lumos! Nox!
Take one of your outer craft sticks. Wrap a strip of copper tape around the craft stick approximately where you want your on/off switch.
Then leave about 1 cm of space (a child's finger width is great) and wrap another strip of copper tape all the way around the craft stick.
On one side run a strip of copper tape from the bottom ring to the end of the stick. Repeat from the top ring to the other end of the stick. Make sure you leave the finger width space between the rings with no copper tape. This is your circuit break.
On the other outer craft stick run a strip of copper tape along the entire length.
Test your LED light.
Using copper tape attach the LED light to the end of outer craft stick with tape running the entire length. You want to tape the LED leg to the copper tape.
Repeat on the other outer craft stick, making sure to tape the other LED leg to the copper tape on the craft stick. Secure those legs well with copper tape to ensure your circuits will work.
Using scissors cut about an inch off the end of your middle craft stick. You want to cut off just enough that your battery will fit in.
Slide the long part of the middle stick between the two outer sticks.
Add a piece of copper tape to one side of the small piece of craft stick you just cut off the middle piece. Using your electrical tape create a hinge and attach the piece so it will cover the gap between the rings on the outside of your craft stick.
Slide your battery in. Test to make sure it is the correct way and your wand works.
Now tape your wand together! Add a piece of tape to the top to secure the three craft sticks together. Then add more tape at the bottom starting at the bottom of the on/off switch all the way to the end securing the battery in place.
To turn on your wand simply close the flap securely with your thumb. LUMOS!