iMake iLearn – LED Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Ball

iMake iLearn

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 2.59.05 PMMaking is a passion that comes naturally to me.  But LEDs and circuitry are very new to me.  This June Instructables had a LED Build Night opportunity where makerspaces could apply for free materials.  I applied for our SP Design Lab as the hope this year is to expand beyond lunch hour and after-school to family and community nights.  SP Design Lab was selected and within a week I had more LEDs then I imagined.  

My mission was to create two projects that K-5 students could do so that our first build night would happen at our back to school night.  I spent a good amount of time researching on the internet and this is the first of two projects.  The Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Ball is not an original idea but it is an excellent introduction to LEDs and simple circuits.  This project was debuted at the first annual DENovator Faire at the Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute in Nashville, TN and will also be one of several LED projects that our students will have to choose from at our first build night in September.

Thank you to InstruScreen Shot 2014-07-15 at 8.50.19 PMctables for giving me the opportunity to share this LED project with educators around the U.S.A., Canada, and the U.K. as well as our students. I hope to have published the second LED project in the upcoming days. After submitting my first Instructable, it became a featured project. I am very excited about the opportunities that organizations like Instructables are providing for our students.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 3.27.57 PMI also created a board on Discovery Education so that students could learn how to make this project as well as to provide an example for students to create their own tutorial how-to boards about something they are creating.

I encourage you to visit the Instructables website but also consider using Board Builder in DE to have students create tutorials and tag them using the word “make” so that students around the world will have access to ideas that they to can create and modify.


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  1. Dave Lowe said:

    When I saw the title, I thought it was just going to be a regular ping pong ball dipped in glow in the dark paint. This was an epic discovery!

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