Electrical Engineering

Program ● Interactive ● Grades 3-8

The curriculum for the Electrical Engineering program is designed to introduce students to the concepts of circuit design, building, and maintenance through various hands-on activities. Students will walk away with an in-depth knowledge on basic circuits.

Electrical engineering has not been around as long as some of the other engineering disciplines, but it is still very important. Without electrical engineers our world would be vastly different. Items from simple radios to computers and even some cars are run on electricity. Electrical engineers must always be alert when working near electricity as to not become injured.

Examples of an electrical engineer’s responsibilities:

  • Design and maintain electrical systems and power grids.
  • Oversee the repair of main electrical lines, either above or below ground.
  • Ensure that the product he/she has produced is safe for consumer usage.
  • Draw schematics and diagram layouts of parts in a circuit.

Electrical Engineering Pre-Lesson

This pre-lesson is designed to provide students with a brief overview of technology, electrical engineering, and the Engineering Design Process.

Conductor Finder

The Conductor Finder lesson will allow children to test a variety of materials to discover their electrical properties. During the lesson, students will begin to understand that many objects can have an electrical property even if it is not a conductor.

There is Master Level Scaling 

Electric Magnets

In this lesson, students will explore the concepts behind electric magnetism; they will build and test an electric magnet to see how it operates. Students will also test how much their electric magnet can hold.

There are Master Level Extension options in this lesson
This lesson has also been used as a camp lesson
Camp: Survivor Week: Engineer's Cove (link)  
      Lesson Name: Electric Magnets 

Flashlight Builder

During this lesson, students will get to test their knowledge on circuit building. The students will be building flashlights out of a disposable water bottle. By the end of this lesson students will have a very firm understanding of how an electrical circuit works.

This lesson has also been used as a camp lesson
Camp: Agent of Change (link)  
      Lesson Name: Flashlight Builder
Camp: Survivor Week: Engineer's Cove (link)  
      Lesson Name: Flashlight Builder

Levitrons

This lesson will focus on magnets and how they can be used to raise a vehicle above the ground. By raising a vehicle above the ground, students will discover the advantages that a levitating vehicle can have.

There is Master Level Scaling in this lesson 
This lesson has also been used as a camp lesson
Camp: Momentum Madness (link)  
      Lesson Name: Levitrons
Camp: Engineering Olympiad (link)  
      Lesson Name: Levitrons

Motorcycle Mayhem

Presently, oil is in short supply but in the future, oil has been completely depleted. Unfortunately, land transportation is important because it provides us with a way to quickly carry products and materials from one place to another. Your challenge today will require you to work as a mechanical engineer to design an electric motorcycle.

This lesson is also be used as a Mechanical Engineering lesson, and the lessons are exactly the same. 
This lesson has also been used as a camp lesson
Camp: Design the Future (link)  
      Lesson Name: Motorcycle Mayhem

Snap Circuits

The Snap Circuits lesson focuses on light emitting diodes and what they can be used for in a circuit. LED’s have a specific property that makes them different from most light bulbs. The students will test different ways to install the LED’s to discover their unique properties.

There is Master Level Scaling in this lesson 

Variable Resistors

This activity will teach students how to build a rudimentary circuit. The students will then test different pieces of lead to observe the positive and negative effects of the different lengths.

There is Master Level Scaling in this lesson 

Wind Turbine

During this lesson, students will learn how to transform wind energy into electricity. They will be challenged to design the most efficient rotor blades for their wind turbine while taking into account size, weight, shape, and angle.

This lesson has also been used as camp lessons
Camp: Building Cities: The Engineering of Cities (link)  
      Lesson Name: Wind Turbine
Camp: Heroes Week (link)  
      Lesson Name: Wind Turbine