Haunted House Paper Circuit Halloween STEM Activity

Vivify STEM
Grade Levels
3rd - 10th, Homeschool
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What’s more spooktackular than a haunted house? One that your students make while learning the basics of circuits! ⁣

Haunted House STEM Activity: All you need is some paper, tape, copper conductive tape, LEDs, and coin cell batteries. Then create your creepy castle or cottage. Students will first learn about circuits and use a template to build a Halloween-themed paper circuit. Students are then tasked to use the engineering design process to design and build a light-up Haunted House! 


Included in this product:

  • Teachers guide
  • 4 paper circuit templates
  • Student design sheets guiding them through the engineering design process
  • Background circuits and electrical engineering STEM career connection

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Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide. Emphasis is on the change in the energy due to the change in speed, not on the forces, as objects interact. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.


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