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1.Static Electricity Intro

            -powerpoint of basics

            -demos: pvc pipe and paper, paperclips

2. Squishy Circuits

     -powerpoint of circuit basics

              Squishy Circuits

3. Valentine's Day Electrical Greeting Cards

              -introduce lightbulbs and switches

4. Build A Flashlight


              -application of circuits in everyday life

              -making the circuits more compact for a device


We tried to make the circuit building easier by using christmas lights and cutting them up and exposing the wires like this  We went through a lot of bulbs because they would burn out often using 9V batteries so it was useful to have a whole string of lights available and we could just strip more as we needed.

 We also bought 6 of these switches later in the semester which would have been good for this project so they are available in the supply closet now, check for them with the light bulbs.

5. Parallel circuits

            -discovery experiment, how to keep one light on while turning one off 

            Powerpoints: Parallel circuits

      "Will this circuit work?" review

6. Electromagnets


            -picking up paper clips

            -talk about the connection between electricity and magnetism 

         Power Point:


7. Superhero final project-using circuits and electromagnets to build a superhero device 

     Power Point:

     Individual Design Worksheet: 

     Group Design Worksheet: 

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