Energy with Circuits

by Chibitronics Community in Classroom

Published on April 15, 2017

Tags : Art, Engineering, Kid Crafts, Origami, Science

Within the Grade 4, CA standards require circuitry in the curriculum. This lesson incorporates cross-functional fields of arts, circuitry, and science. This lesson plan is submitted by Nancy Barlow, Maker Education at Bullis Charter School, Los Altos, CA.

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Materials

Pinwheels
- Colored Construction Paper
- Scissors
- Hole punch
- Straws (Jumbo and regular
- Tape
- Pinwheel Template (I used the one from CA Foss School Systems)
Circuits
- Stickers (1-2 per student).
- Copper Tape (1 foot per student). Have some extra for experimentation.
- CR2032 Lithium Coin Cell Battery (One per student)

Tools

Hole punch
Tape
Pinwheel Template

Chibitronics Products

Classroom Pack of Red, Yellow and Blue LED stickers
Classroom Pack of White LED stickers
Grades
Elementary, Makerspace
Estimated Time
120 mins
Lesson Objective

Students will create 2 forms of energy in this workshop (wind and electrical)

Standards

ISTE Standards for Students
Empowered Learner 1d: Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
CA Standards for Students
• Fourth Grade Physical Science 1) You can build series and parallel circuits with wires, batteries and bulbs
Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Instructions

Pre-lesson Activities/Preparation:Prior to this activity, we did several sessions on circuits:
  1. Discussed different types of energy
  2. Shared a video on circuits:
  3. Discussed electricity concepts:
    1. Positive
    2. Negative
    3. Power Source
    4. Load
    5. Conductor
  4. Had class discussion where they made observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from palace to place by sound, heat and electrical currents.
  5. Did classroom activity where they drew circuit paths
  Instructions:
  1. Introduce Chibitronics and simple circuit
    1. Showed class the video to show how art and technology can be incorporated
    2. Showed a working demo of simple circuit template on projector
  2. Create pinwheel
    1. Glue pinwheel to colored paper.
    2. Cut along solid lines
    3. Punch holes where there are circles.
    4. Cut 2 slits in JUMBO ½ straw opposite each other.
    5. Fold corners up so holes match up on paper.
    6. Put jump straw through ad fold slits down.
    7. Tape slits down.
    8. Put small straw through Jumbo
  3. Light it up.
    1. This was a free form time where students were encouraged to design their circuit on their own or with others. Some helpful suggestions were: 1) How will you power the circuit (e.g. where will you place the battery?), 2) What type of circuit do you want to make (simple versus series/parallel circuit)
  

 

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