A Simple Circuit
Intended Grade Level(s):
Students will be able to draw a simple circuit, label its parts, and show the direction/path that current is flowing.
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Files Associated with this Activity:
Students make a hypothesis about how a set of materials should be connected in order to make a motor spin. Through guided trial and error students are led to the idea of a circuit as the proper way to connect the materials in order to make the fan turn.
Science Kit Material(s) Used:
1.5-Volt 500mA Solar Module
Other Material(s) Used:
Copies of “Solar Student Worksheet Part 4: A Simple Circuit” and “Solar Student Worksheet Part 5: Circuit Discovery” • DC motor with a fan or small strip of paper attached to it ￼ • Light source, such as a shop light to power solar module