Electrical Engineering

Program ● Interactive ● Grades PK-2

Flip the Switch

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What’s the first thing you do when you walk into a dark room? Turn on the light. Switches are a part of our everyday lives. From turning lights and electronic devices on and off and even signaling the arrival of a car to a drive thru window. Today, students will build simple circuits and explore different types of switches.

How Magnets are Made

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There are many different kinds of magnets. There are temporary, permanent and natural magnets as well. In this lesson, students explore lodestone, a natural magnet and create temporary paperclip magnets as they review key vocabulary such as: attract, magnet, and magnetic field.

Ice Skating

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Students create a magnetic ice skater to demonstrate how a magnetic field can travel through a solid object.

It's Magic, No it's Static

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Students will work to create their own magic act using static electricity. Students will apply their knowledge of static electricity to create their own dancing robot and gravity defying snake! At the end of class, students will get a chance to perform their act for a family member or friend.

It’s the Magnet Hop!

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Magnets are everywhere. The earth is a magnet, and magnets are found in and on more than just our refrigerators. During this lesson, students will explore magnets and identify objects that are and are not magnetic. Students will also explore magnets’ ability to attract and repel other magnets and then apply that understanding to create their own bouncing rabbit that uses a magnet’s ability to repel like poles.

Light It Up!

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Building toys is fun! Students enjoy re-creating their favorite characters and using their imagination to act out their own stories and scenes. Giving the character light makes it seem more complex and fascinating. In this lesson, students explore LEDs and construct a simple circuit to light a model toy. It’s time to light it up with electrical engineering!

Magic Wand

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Every great magician has a magic wand. Can we apply what we know about static electricity and insulators to design a trick that will use a magic wand to lift a feather? Let’s find out!

Operation

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Operation is a classic board game where players try to remove items from the board without touching the sides. If they do, a light shines and a buzzer sounds. Today, students will work to build an operation game using a simple circuit. Students will work to identify which of their materials are insulators and which are conductors.

Sketch Bot

What is inside of a robot? How do they work? Today, students will create a simple circuit to power their own invention: a drawing robot. Students will explore how to direct their robot and understand the important of switches in electrical designs.

This lesson has been firstly used as a camp lesson
Camp: Inventor's Workshop (link)
      Lesson Name: Sketch Bot

Sound Off

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Understanding the flow of electric current is crucial to building a strong foundation in electrical engineering. In this lesson, students build an alarm and a doorbell using Snap Circuits. These designs will help students understand the basic components of a circuit and discover the purpose behind resistors in electrical designs.

Your Name in Lights

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Have you ever seen a sign for a Broadway show or a famous restaurant? The lighted signs are called marquees. Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights? Today, students explore how far can electricity travel by creating their own simple circuit using their names. The end goal is to create a simple circuit that will illuminate their name with light.