How have teachers used Chibitronics in the classroom?

“Chibitronics is a paper electronics toolkit made up of sticker-based modules for building circuits [19]. These modules are a flat, flexible and paper-friendly alternative to standard electronic components. The kit includes LEDs, sensors and a programmable microcontroller that can be connected with copper tape. (Qi)”

Chibitronics is being used in all grade levels and can be used for any subject area, even culinary! When we think about an enhancement to learning we first must think about how to effectively implement the new tool and how it will apply to the lesson you want students to learn. I find chibitronics to be very user-friendly compared to other technical kits which makes it easy for students to catch on. They are able to make their pages come to life! Teachers can now have students create 3D items and add lights on to learn about circuits and negative and positive reactions. 

Some teachers may be reluctant to use this as they may see it as a distraction, but it should be looked at engagement. If you give students markers glue and scissors they can be just as distracted so why not teach students about something new that could spark their interest, and teach them problem-solving skills. Chibitronics lets students get more creative than ever through science projects to teach nerve transmission, math problems to learn angles, and English storyboards. Interactive flashcards are another great way to engage students in their learning.

The possibilities are endless with the idea of chinitronics. Educators can not be fearful of using things like this in the classroom- students will love it! Trying new things will teach students more than just the content desired! 

Lindberg, E. (2017). Light-Up Neuron. BrainFacts/SfN.

Qi, J. (2018). Chibitronics in the Wild: Engaging New Communities in Creating Technology with Paper Electronics.

4 thoughts on “How have teachers used Chibitronics in the classroom?”

  1. Hello Ashley!
    I always enjoy hearing the perspective of a teacher who teaches a different content than myself. An idea that I loved from your post was interactive flashcards. I often think that we should focus more on helping students develop study strategies because I find that many students do not know how to effectively study. I wonder how we could use Chibitronics to create an interactive study guide!
    I enjoyed your insights!

  2. Good morning Ashley,

    Thanks for the great post! Thinking about the many ways that Chibitronics can be used is so encouraging! I am looking forward to incorporating them in my classroom. I didn’t really think of the science aspect, but I think it would be so cool to use these in science. I can picture students lighting up parts of the body based on their functions. I am a math teacher, so I love your idea about using Chibitronics to learn angles. Once again, thanks for the great post!

    All the best,

  3. Ashley,

    I enjoyed reading your entire discussion! Just based on our tinkering session on Wednesday night, I immediately love using Chibitronics. It is so user-friendly and engaging. I found that the Arduino is way too complicated. I can actually see myself utilizing the Chibitronics with my own 8th graders. As a math teacher, I would use Chibitronics to help my students visualize problems relating to angles, shapes, and 3-D objects. Providing them with a visual manipulative immediately engages them with the content.

    Overall, great post!


    Jaidin Tonneson

  4. Hey Ashley,

    I appreciated your last paragraph about teachers’ hesitation to use Chibitronics in their content area due to the possibility of distractions. While I think students can take a lot away from sticker circuits, I certainly have my reservations about using them in my classroom. I agree that the activities are engaging but I’m not sure how engaged students would be in the geometry curriculum while working with them. I do really like your idea to use Chibitronics to make interactive reading passages! I think it could make the procedures in a culinary lesson immersive.

    Thank you for sharing your work this week and great job!


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