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Classroom Presentations: Electricity

Requesting Classroom Presentations:

In order to keep our program cost-effective, we require that teachers schedule at least two presentations at one school for the same day. This is best accomplished by either scheduling the same presentation for more than one classroom; or by scheduling more than one presentation for the same classroom. We also require that presentation times be as close together during the day as possible.

Click on the link to the right to schedule classroom presentations.


Presentations:

Basic Circuits
Grades: 4-6 (60 minutes or 1 classroom period)

This presentation is an excellent introduction to electricity. Students first experiment with batteries and buzzers to create a simple electric circuit and learn about open and closed circuits. Then students make predictions and test circuits to discover the four ways to light a bulb using a battery, a piece of wire and a bulb. Students will then formulate a conclusion on what basic components are needed in every circuit.


Advanced Circuits
Grades: 4-6 (60 minutes or 1 classroom period)

Students learn about the differences between simple, series and parallel circuits. Using batteries and light bulbs (including LEDs) to build these circuits, they discover the voltage differences between them and how that affects the brightness of the bulbs. They will also learn about the corresponding schematic diagrams for each circuit. Due to the advanced content in this lesson, we require students first experience Basic Circuits.


Circuit Systems
Grades: 4-6 (60 minutes or 1 classroom period)

This lesson is a great final circuit lesson because it snaps all the main concepts learned together. Students build 4 different circuits using Snap Circuit kits. They identify the types of circuits as well as analyze each circuit as a system to figure out how the energy is being transferred and transformed within it. The concept of switches is also introduced. Due to the advanced content in this lesson, we require students to first experience the Basic and Advanced Circuit lessons.

Scheduling Link for the 2017-2018 School Year

PLEASE NOTE: you will need the names, emails and room numbers for each teacher as well as a time schedule to complete the form. We're hoping this new process will make scheduling easier for all of us!

Click here to schedule a classroom presentation(s).

“The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and successfully presented the lessons using very effective materials, activities and classroom management. The lessons are always a highlight of my students’ science year.”

-- 4th grade teacher,
Little Cedars Elementary