Electric Paint by Bare Conductive

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Mass ST & E - 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 4.3-5-ETS1-3, 4.3-5-ETS1-5(MA)

Bare Conductive's Electric Paint is electrically conductive paint that can be used to draw on paper or surfaces to create interactive electronic circuits.

Electric Paint is a non-toxic, electrically conductive paint that can be used to create live circuits on a wide variety of surfaces, including paper, wood, metal, cardboard, plaster, some rubbers and many textiles. 
 
It can be used in many different contexts, from artistic to technical projects and is a great way to engage with learning about electronics as it creates a high degree of interactivity for students. Bare Conductive, the paint's creators, say their aim is to get people of all ages engaged with technology - and this product definitely does just that!
 
Electric Paint sparks the creation of circuits without any wiring or soldering needed - just a brush. It acts as a liquid wire in drawn or painted circuits and as a conductive adhesive. It can even be used to repair circuits in old electronic products. Bare Conductive introduced more products, such as the Touch Board and shields for interacting with microcontrollers, producing many more possibilities for new projects.
 
The paint can add electronic interactivity to almost any surface or object, from walls to clothing. It's water soluble, so can be washed off easily. Although it is only available in black, Electric Paint can easily be coated with other paints and a variety of popping colors. Bare Conductive produces the paint in a variety of forms, from paint pens that electrify writing to large jars for use in larger projects.
 
Electric Paint can be used in conjunction with many other prototyping tools, components and micro-computers such as the Raspberry Pi. It is ideal for hobbyists and children who are beginning to learn about electronics, and adds an exciting element of artistic creativity and invention to the electronic interface.
Paint Your Circuits With Ink - A New Revolution in Electronics: Matt Johnson at TEDxGateway
Matt Johnson, the inventor of Bare Paint, describes how he came to invent his electrically conductive paint and the possibilities for what it can do.
Official Bare Conductive site
This is the official website of Bare Conductive, where you can find out about what you can do with the paint, browse tutorials and projects, read the FAQs, and explore the Bare Conductive community page.
Bare Conductive FAQs
The Bare Conductive FAQs page provides an comprehensive list of questions and answers about the concept of conductive paint, its applications, the practicalities of using it, and its educational uses.
Connecting to Bare Paint
This brief starter tutorial and video from Bare Conductive demonstrates four different ways of connecting batteries directly to Bare Paint.
Bare Paint Application Notes
This sheet contains all necessary information about Bare Paint's properties, safety and technical specifications, for teachers, parents and users in general.
Bare Conductive at World Maker Faire 2011
Matt Johnson from Bare Conductive introduces Bare Paint and demonstrates some of its applications.
Bare Conductive Paint
Becky Stern from Adafruit Industries demonstrates some basic applications of Bare Conductive's paint, and explains how she made a paper game controller using the paint.
Bare Conductive Card Made With Conductive Paint
In this brief video, a user of Bare Conductive's Bare Paint demonstrates how to make a basic LED card using the paint.
Make Flashing Robot Cards With Bare Paint Pens
This simple project from Bare Conductive shows you how to make light-up robot cards, either using Bare Conductive's card kit or by sourcing the materials individually.
Making Paper Halloween Masks
In this simple project from Bare Conductive, learn how to use Bare Paint to create Halloween masks that light up and glow.
Simpler BARE Conductive Paint Paper Houses
This intermediate level project from Instructables explains in detail how to make paper houses that light up from the inside, using Bare Conductive's Paint.
Drum Kit for Your Feet
Make a drum kit that you can play by dancing on it with a Touch Board and electronic paint from Bare Conductive in this fun intermediate project.
Building a Noisemaker
This advanced tutorial from Bare Conductive explains how to use a timer and a Bare Paint potentiometer to create an interactive paper noisemaker.
Bare Paint Lightswitch
This is an advanced project from Bare Conductive, and must be approached with caution as it involves interacting with mains electricity. However, it demonstrates the potential of Bare Paint to be used in conjunction with other electronic and computing products - in this case the paint is used with an Arduino to create a working mains lightswitch.
Interview: Make Things Do Stuff Chat to Bare Conductive
In this interview with Make Things Do Stuff, Isabel Lizardi from Bare Conductive talks about art and technology, creative communities, and the inspiration for Bare Paint.
Bare Conductive Education
Explore Bare Conductive's dedicated education section, providing resources, project suggestions, and tutorials to educators and their students.
MusicInk: Learning Music by Painting
In an innovative project that combines technologies from Bare Paint, Arduino, Android and Sparkfun among others, two technology students have created MusicInk, a musical instrument that suggests exciting new ways of teaching music to children.
Bare Conductive for Innovate 10
One of the most introducing uses of Bare Conductive Paint is its potential as a wearable paint on the skin. This short video how Bare Paint can be used to create non-harmful electronic circuits on the surface of the skin, which has many possible artistic and even medical applications.
Bare Conductive Blog: STEM Workshops at Mary Webb School
Get an insight into how to use Bare Conductive Paint in a school workshop in this informative post from the Bare Conductive Blog.
Jesse's Manylabs and Bare Paint Lab
This article and lesson plan from a middle school teacher in Santa Barbara, CA leads students through a series of experiments to measure electrical resistance using conductive paint, and explores the conductive properties of graphite.
Bare Conductive: Electrically Conductive Paint
The team behind Bare Conductive, all of whom are students of London Royal College of Art, explain some of the educational applications of Bare Paint.
Liquid Lights and Musical Posters: Welcome to the World of Electric Paint
CNN profiles the Bare Conductive team and covers the exciting potential of electric paint, which can be used creatively in environments ranging from classrooms to advertising.
Bare Conductive Flashing Card (School Pi Club)
Kids from a school electronics club (Pi Club, named after the Raspberry Pi) demonstrate how they created a Bare Paint flashing card during their lunch club.
Bare Conductive Community
The Bare Conductive community is very active, and the makers of Bare Paint actively encourage users to submit their projects and ideas using Bare Paint. The Community section of the Bare Conductive official site has lots of project instructions and suggestions.
Bare Conductive Youtube Channel
Bare Conductive's Youtube Channel has plenty of demonstrations, ideas and short tutorials to kick start your creativity.
Geek Gurl Diaries Episode 19: Bare Conductive Paint Little Book of Ideas
Carrie Anne Philbin of Geek Gurl Diaries demonstrates how to make a light-up "little book of ideas" in this tutorial using Bare Conductive's Bare Paint
Bare Conductive Tutorials Page
Bare Conductive's Tutorials page has a wealth of step-by-step instructions for projects using Bare Paint, of various levels of difficulty.
Testing Bare Conductive Paint at Higher Voltages and Currents
This step-by-step account from instructables details what happens if you test Bare Conductive Paint at high voltages and currents, in order to test its potential applications.
Rube Goldberg Machine: International Online Contest
A Rube Goldberg Machine is a machine that accomplishes a simple task in a complicated (and preferably hilarious) way. Bare Conductive Paint is perfect for the inventive spirit required for creating Rube Goldberg machines. There is an international online Rube Goldberg Machine competition specifically for middle school students, which is voted on by...
2016 Global Conference on Educational Robotics
The Global Conference on Educational Robotics is for students, educators, technologists and everyone who is interested in the potential uses of robotics in STEM education. The conference also includes two robotics tournaments. Robotics projects can incorporate circuits using Bare Conductive Paint's flexible and innovative qualities. July 6-Jul...
National Robotics Week 2017
National Robotics Week is an initiative that recognizes the importance of robotics technology in STEM disciplines, and aims to encourage the ability of robotics to inspire technology education. There are affiliated RoboWeek events taking place in every state in the USA, including competitions, conferences, exhibits and discussions. April 8-April 16...