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Fun with Electronics

Major Curricular ties:
Science: Electricity and Magnetism, OBT: Crafts

Circuits are in every electronic device we use. What are some creative ways in which we can use circuits?

The Fun with Electronics series has eight sessions that explores wide range of fun application of electronics. Students explore how circuits might be used in crafts, they learn how to design a scientific experimentation tool, create soft circuits that don’t use wires.

Conductor Insulator: Students will make instruments that can detect the flow of current. They will learn about conductors and insulators by using this device to explore a range of materials.

LEDs and Crafts: Students will integrate paper crafts with LEDs and batteries, developing an understanding of open and closed circuit in the process.

Electric Maze: Students will learn the concept of open and closed circuit by making an electric maze game.
Vibrator motor bot: The students will figure out how a vibrator motor works by making a dancing robot.

Understanding Resistance: Students will discover the effects of resistance by observing brightness of LED paired with different resistors.

Electric path: Students will learn about series and parallel connections of electric load by making fun paper circuits.

Conductive Me: Students will learn that the human body is conductive by turning themselves into a circuit.

Musical Circuit: Students will learn about working of a speaker and circuits that can store music by making their own musical circuit.

Make a Dynamo: Students will learn how electricity is produced by using a motor as a dynamo and glow few LEDs.

This series supports the following concepts mandated by the Govt. of Nepal for grades 6-8

  1. Electricity and Magnetism
  2. Source of electricity -Battery/ cells
  3. Circuits
  4. Conductor Insulator
  5. Open, closed and short circuit
  6. Series and parallel connection
  7. Application of electricity
  8. Electricity production

Cool projects and experiments to try out in home

Resistance

The project is fairly simple and builds on the concepts the studetns have been taught in the Fun with Electronics classes. The availability of Nichrome wire might be a bit tricky but we want to encourage the students to source different materials and get a sense of where they can get different materials to build their projects.

Basic electronics

This video series is for students who want to know more about how the basic electronic components function. The students can refer to these videos only if they want to dig deeper and expand their understanding.

Test conductivity of water / Salt water

This simple project makes the students think critically about what makes the human body a conductor. It’s a fairly simple project that can be done in your home using easily available materials like salt and water.

LED Stars

Using the concepts of LEDs, students can make fancy star or anything as such. This project uses LED strips, which are easily available in the market. This project pushes students to go beyond small LEDs.

Dimmer circuit with Pencil

Students will use pencils as resistors to make a circuit, which they can use to change the brightness of a LED.

DIY LED torch light

DIY LED torch is a relatively easy project for the students to start with. It uses the concepts that the students have been taught in the Fun with electronics classes.

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