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Electrical circuits

Electrical circuits

Delve deep into series & parallel circuits as your students use a variety of resistors, motors & more in this hands-on electricity workshop!

A hands-on science workshop where students learn how electrical circuits really work!

  • Compare series vs. parallel circuits
  • Discover different types of resistors
  • Learn about diodes
  • Play with sirens, bells and buzzers
  • Get motors to spin, electrical gates to work and much more!

The session begins simply to introduce the basics of open vs. closed circuits and then slowly introduces that various circuits that can be made. This is highly open-ended: there are 180 separate circuits layouts that can be made. Once the students have a firm understanding of the content and background science they can then explore at their own pace.

VERY SAFE: The circuits themselves are based on simple button circuits and run of AA batteries.

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Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity (ACSSU097).

Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219).

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076).

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NSW Science Syllabus Content: A student:

describes how scientific understanding about the sources, transfer and transformation of electricity is related to making decisions about its use (ST3-6PW).

describes everyday interactions between objects that result from contact and non-contact forces (ST2-7PW).

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Which electricity workshop is right for me?

As we offer a number of electricity workshops; it can be a little confusing as to which is right for your class. Please have a look below for a very short description of the different ones available so you can quickly see what would work best for your school. The titles are clickable links to take you to the full workshop description.

Electrical circuits
This school workshop is generally chosen when students already have a grasp of how electrical energy is transferred. The focus of this workshop is to arrange electrical components such as lights, batteries, capacitors, switches and more to produce either series or parallel circuits that work.

Create a Buzz
This workshop covers the fundamentals of electricity & magnetism. What is static vs current electricity? What is electromagnetism? What materials are resistors vs. conductors? How do basic circuits work? Most schools choose this school science visit when they want us to spend time at the beginning of their topic prior to having students construct their own circuits later.

Madlab Electronics
In some ways similar to the electrical circuits program, only this time the circuits themselves are being constructed using soldering irons. In some ways similar to the electrical circuits program, only this time the circuits themselves are being constructed using soldering irons. The focus of this workshop is learning the skills and techniques for putting electrical circuits together in real electronics. Students can keep the circuits they make as part of this workshop.

Renewable Energy
The focus of this workshop is to look how electricity can be generated using renewable energy sources (wind, solar etc.). These energy sources are compared with non-renewable electrical energy power generation in terms of reliability and their effect on the environment.

Are you studying energy transformations instead?

If your class is looking at potential vs. kinetic energy, how energy comes from the sun as well as how energy can change into light, heat, sound, magnetic, chemical, etc., the most appropriate workshop would be Exploring Energy.

Requirements

Appropriate for Years 5 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class

Access to 15 tables or a similar floor space

Chairs are not required

Duration 60 or 90 minutes, set up time 30 minutes and pack up time 30 minutes

Cost

$390 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop

$480 for a 90-minute workshop

Minimum school science visit cost is $480 inc. GST per day

In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!

This is best when run in combination with Create a Buzz

Link with Madlab Electronics to solder circuits for an extension activity!

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Extension Ideas!

Extension Ideas!

Scientist Q & A

Often students attend our science workshops and shows with questions that stem beyond the covered topic area. Ask a scientist aims to give students a chance to get their questions answered! Run as a 30-minute session at a cost of $70 inc. GST.

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