Part of what makes hacking a 21st century notebook so much fun is the variety of materials you can use to illuminate your thinking and engineer your ideas. Here are some of the materials we've been using and where we get them from.

A note on sources: These are listed in no particular order, although the first source listed is where we generally get that item. Make sure to check out a product's dimensions/length/quantity when comparing prices!

We work with our partner Lectrokit where you can order a starter kit.

See something missing? Please contact us or post to our G+ community!


We're working with CV2/Lectrokit to offer supporting kit supplies in two flavors:

  • a Brown-Bag Starter Kit for five people, designed for program staff and educators who want to together to explore paper circuitry 
  • a Classroom Kit for 30 participants with the same materials

These collections use 3v Lithium batteries with solderable tabs -- they're low-profile, letting you integrated the battery easily on your paper project -- and if your want to solder them in place, no problem.

Each kit comes with clip leads, batteries, circuit stickers from Chibitronics and a roll of copper tape. 




Power Supplies & Housing

Conductive Materials for Traces and Jumpers

Things to Activate with Power


  • Soldering station & iron - Weller is a well-respected manufacturer
  • Tweezers - Useful for soldering small components like SMD LEDs
  • Tiny AVR Programmer (SparkFun) - For programming ATtiny microprocessors
  • Transparent tape
  • Scissors