How are things connected? Switches Lesson Plan

by Chibitronics Community in Classroom

Published on April 17, 2017

Tags : Art, Design, Engineering, Kid Crafts, Language, Science, Social Studies

Make interactive light-up projects with LED lights and DIY switches and represent things that are connected. This guide introduces circuits with different types of DIY switches and Chibitronics LED light stickers. The students will be able to explore and identify things that are connected and represent them using an interactive paper based light-up project. Suitable for grades 3 and up.

Materials

LED light Stickers
1 or more coin cell batteries (3V)
Binder clips
Conductive copper tape
DIY switch template from Circuit Sketchbook
Blinking Slide Switch template from Circuit Sketchbook

Tools

Drawing supplies
Scissors
Additional craft supplies (if needed)

Chibitronics Products

Classroom Pack of Red, Yellow and Blue LED stickers
Classroom Pack of White LED stickers

Circuit template

https://chibitronics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Circuit-Sticker-Sketchbook-template-3.pdf
Grades
Elementary
Estimated Time
180 mins
Lesson Objective

Build circuits with DIY paper switches
Design an interactive light-up paper project
Learn how a switch works

Standards

ISTE standards:
1. Creativity and innovation- Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
2. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
3. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
4. Technology operations and concepts- Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
5. Troubleshoot systems and applications

NGSS Standards
Practice 1 Asking questions and defining problems
Practice 6 Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Instructions

Let’s StartCreate an examples of your own interactive light-up projects with different DIY switches. Share your projects with your students.Part 1: Make a paper push-button switch that turns an LED light on when you press the button!
  • Revisit basic circuit. Ask the students what they recall about their first circuit.
  • Pass around the DIY switch template, copper tape, battery, LED light sticker and binder clip. Refer to this tutorial to make the circuit with a push-button
Once the circuit is complete and working, have the students quickly share them with each other. You could use this step as an opportunity to provoke questions and also encourage the students to share their questions with the group.Question promptsDescribe what… ?What would happen if …?Why do you think that …?How would you…?Remember to ask, “What questions do you have?”If their circuits are not working, give students opportunities to troubleshoot. Ask them to check if their connections are strong enough.Creative prompt Ask students to draw two columns on a sheet of paper. In the first column make a list of something/someone they like. The list could include objects, people and places.For eg: My mom, basketball, snow, my plant, McDonalds, my dog etc.In the second column ask them to write something/someone that have a connection with what they have in the first column. These connections could be literal or metaphorical.
  • Have the students quickly share their list with their peers.
  • Ask students to choose a combination from their two column notes.
  • Ask them to fold their switch circuit template and make a drawing of the selected objects/people/places from the list. They could align one thing with the switch and other with the LED light.
And you are done! Encourage students to share their light-up connections and relationships.
  • If students are comfortable with creating circuits, you could encourage them to try making a switch with a circuit with multiple LED lights.
Here is an exampleThis activity can be used to explore cause and effect relationships.Part 2: Explore And/OR switches (see key concepts)Using the same theme of connections and relationships encourage the students to try the And/OR switches. You could divide the class into two groups. One group could try creating the AND switches and another could make the OR switches.Part 3: Create Blinking Slide SwitchThis is really exciting and interactive circuit. You can combine multiple switches together to create blinking effects.
  • Show the students an example of a blinking slide switch. As you slide the finger along the switch, the LED light with blink on and off.
  • Ask students to brainstorm a list of things that comes to their mind when they see the blinking switch. For eg, eyes blinking, stars twinkling, candle flame etc
Creative promptThis circuit reminds me of…
  • After their circuits are complete and working, ask the students to fold their template and make a drawing of something that reminds them of the blinking gesture.
And you are done!Wrap-Up
  • Encourage students to share all their projects with a group and give each other feedback.
  • Ask students to compare and contrast different types of switches
Make sure to notice children’s engagement and process while doing this activity. Listen to their ideas and ask them questions about their creations.Projects GalleryExplore new ideas, materials and themes.Alignment to StandardsWe think the following standards are most relevant to this activity. You could adapt this list for your class session. The complete list of all the standards can be found on the respective websites of each framework.ISTE standards:Creativity and innovation- Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
  • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
Technology operations and concepts- Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
  • Troubleshoot systems and applications
NGSS Standards
  • Practice 1 Asking questions and defining problems
  • Practice 6 Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
You could also refer to Bloom’s Taxonomy as part of your classroom assessment.Blooms Taxonomy Fig: Bloom’s Taxonomyimage credit: patheos.com

 

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