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Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits, a perfect blend of play and learning! Their play dough kits, projects, and recipes teach problem solving and engineering concepts and inspire creativity and independent thinking.

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About Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits was developed in 2011 in the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, the founder and director of the Playful Learning Lab, and undergraduate researchers, including Matthew Schmidtbauer and Sam Johnson, created a method for using homemade conductive and insulating doughs to teach electrical circuits and engineering concepts through play.

Squishy Circuits are used in classrooms, libraries, museums, maker spaces, and more in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. While the products and projects fit Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the US, Squishy Circuits also works well with any science or engineering lesson plans, STEM activities, or home-based learning environments. Squishy Circuits has even been invited to the White House!

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