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Age Range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering

Cabin mood lighting

Using colour-changing LEDs for mood lighting within an aircraft cabin.

Flying long distances can be stressful for some people. The light level and colours in an environment can have an effect on the feelings of the people present. Can you make a colour-changing mood light that would help them to relax whilst in the cabin?

In this activity learners will make use of the theme of the future of flight to make a mood lighting circuit that can help passengers to relax whilst inside an aircraft cabin. They will then test their circuit to see if it works. This activity could be used as a main lesson activity to teach about soldering, assembling circuits and the function of components or to support learning about colour and how it changes our response to products.

You will need:

  • Soldering iron, stand and mat/base
  • Solder
  • Mood light circuit board
  • 5 V power supply e.g. a USB cable
  • Slide switch
  • 5 mm colour changing LED
  • Protective resistor for the LED

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