Electricity Incursion (Levels 5 & 6)

Theme: Science – Physical Sciences
Level: 5 & 6

Students will investigate energy transformation and transference using electrical circuits. Understand how electricity is generated and which methods are most sustainable.*

Activities

  • Discuss prior knowledge of energy/electricity.
  • Predict and test basic circuits.
  • All students become part of a human circuit recognising the importance of a switch.
  • Predict and test materials as conductors or insulators of electricity.
  • Discuss the scientists involved in the evolution of the light bulb as an invention.
  • Make a light globe and observe the glowing filament.
  • Explore the differences between light globes and LEDs.
  • Use electromagnets.
  • Examine broken and working motors and follow the energy transformations taking place.
  • Discuss whether an energy source used to make electricity is sustainable.
  • Observe a solar panel working.

* This lesson has a strong focus on electrical circuits. See “Energy” lesson in STEM for a focus on energy transformation and design.

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