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Conduct hair-raising experiments with the Van de Graaff generator. Learn how electrically charged objects produce motion. Build circuits and investigate renewable energy sources
Major Concepts To Be Explored:
- What is electricity?
- What is a circuit?
- How can a circuit convert electrical current into light, heat, and sound?
- What are renewable energy sources?
- What are magnets?
- What is the law of magnetism?
4.P.1.1; 4.P.1.2; 4.P.3.1; 7.P.2.3
Goals of the Program:
- To differentiate between static and current electricity.
- To introduce students to electrical circuits and the materials used to build them.
- To explore several types of magnets and the attraction and repulsion of various materials to the magnets.
- To explore how renewable sources of energy can be used to generate electricity.
- To analyze energy transfer through a system.
Students will be able to:
- Build a circuit and name the components necessary to make a working circuit.
- Understand the difference between parallel and series circuits.
- Recognize materials that act as conductors or insulators.
- Identify materials that are magnetic.
Methods and Activities:
- A brief introduction, including a demonstration with a Van de Graaff generator, will introduce the students to electricity, circuits, and magnets.
- Students will build circuits, test conductors and insulators, and experiment with magnetic materials.
- Students will explore how generators create an electrical current.
Static Electricity, Current Electricity, Electron, Parallel Circuit, Series Circuit, Conductor, Insulator, Magnetism, Attract, Repel
- Preference is inside location with 6 tables to be used as hands-on activity stations.
- Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
- Access to electricity.
- Approximate set-up and clean-up time – 30 minutes before and after program.
- Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.
- Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.
Call to Book704.372.6261 x300
- Grades 3 - 8
- Duration: 50 minutes
$150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
- Maximum 25 students
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