From a very early age, we are taught to fear electricity. "Don't put your fingers in the socket!" "No knives in the toaster!" And yet, our whole civilization is based on it. In my classroom my students have the opportunity to learn more about electricity than potato clocks.
They are curious about the world around them and want to know the hows and whys of how things work.
I'm so fortunate to teach in a class in which they can easily explore answers to these questions!
Electricity is often a difficult topic for students to learn because of how abstract it is. Students struggle with what voltage, current, and resistance are as well as how each of those are affected in a series and parallel circuit. This project will enable the students to make a flashlight out of LED lights, batteries, resistors, and breadboards.
With these soldering irons, my students will be able to take the paper/pencil concepts of circuits and practice soldering real circuits.
Making LED flashlights will help to reinforce all the concepts listed above by providing a hands on activity, a product the student can take home with them, and practice of some of the integral math involved in circuits.
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