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Shoe Box Circuits

by: Cody Sandifer

Students’ eyes grow wide with wonder as they get a motor to work or make a bulb light for the first time. As these daunting feats of electrical engineering remind us, teaching electricity is invariably rewarding and worthwhile. In this inquiry-based science project, elementary students work in pairs to design and wire a shoe box “room” that meets well-defined circuit requirements. In so doing, the students solidify their understandings of electricity and gain a better understanding of the ways in which electricity concepts are related to the electrical circuits in their homes.

Level

Elementary School

Details

Type Journal ArticlePub Date 12/1/2009Stock # sc09_047_04_20Volume 047Issue 04

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