Simple Circuits Challenge
By Teacher Librarian Colleen Graves
Appropriate for grade levels 4th to 8th
Note: You will facilitate this like a Science lab.
DAY 1: Simple Circuit Challenges
Below are card with pics for teacher use- Please give students the student challenge cards.
Building a Switch and Parallel Circuits
Student Makey Makey Challenge Cards
Simple Circuit: To complete a simple circuit, you must create a loop for the electrons to flow. So you need to get power from your power source to the LED and back to the power source. If you build a successful current, your light will shine! In this lab, you will create your own simple circuits with Makey Makey and once you've mastered that, you'll move on to parallel circuits. Lastly, you'll create your own DIY switch with Makey Makey!
Note on Standards: These lessons were developed with the idea that teachers all over the globe and a variety of grade levels could hack the lesson plan to meet their students’ needs. These are just some of the standards the lessons are based on, and not an all-inclusive list. Many of the NGSS align by grade level, so if you teach 9th grade, you could find the stair-stepped standard by looking at the HS NGSS standards.
3-PS2-3: Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
4-PS3-2: Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
4-PS3-4: Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.*
HS-PS3-3: Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
* The performance expectations marked with an asterisk integrate traditional science content with engineering through a Practice or Disciplinary Core Idea.
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