Buzzing with Energy: Circuits

Workshop Outline:

Students will be introduced to the components of an electric circuit including power, conductors, resistors, LED, and switches. Students will begin by making a closed series circuit (the tester). Afterwards, students will incorporate various materials to their tester and record the conductivity of the material. Afterwards, they will explore their learning through interactive stations that will test their inquiry skills!

Big Idea Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies
Curricular Competencies Prototyping: Students will explore and test a variety of materials for effective us

Testing: Students will test the first version of the product or the prototype. They will then make changes, troubleshoot, and test again

Making: Identify and use appropriate tools, technologies, and materials for production

Content Power Technology: Energy is conserved
Objective Students will be able to identify the components of a circuit, draw a simple schematic, and build closed circuits
Materials required by the school: Have students bring in material they want to test for conductivity (e.g. a penny, dime, nickel, quarter, aluminum foil, paper, wood, glass, cloth, ruler, pencil “lead”, eraser, etc)
Materials provided by the workshop: Wire, Batteries, LED, Resistors, Stations, Van de Graaff Generator
Assessment for ADST By the end of the workshop, students should have built their own closed circuit. Students can be assessed formatively on their ability to problem solve while constructing closed circuits.