“Chibitronics is a paper electronics toolkit made up of sticker-based modules for building circuits . 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.