Take an exciting journey through the discovery and development of electricity in this combined science and history workshop.
Beginning with an interactive presentation about the science and history of electricity including working electric motors and electromagnets, the action soon moves on to creating circuit using our purpose made boards, followed by a trip through history with pupils using a real WW2 Morse code set to send secret messages to their friends.
The day then ends (time permitting) with a fun quiz to assess pupils' learning, either in teams or as a quieter cool down task as per your preference.
ACTIVITIES IN THE FULL DAY VERSION OF THIS WORKSHOP:
(This can be for one class, several classes in turn, or choose one activity as part of a multi science day with other classes)
THIS SCIENCE WORKSHOP
AT A GLANCE
A full day or a single 1 hr session
as part of a multi science day
For these year groups as per the 2014 National Curriculum:
Y4 / Y6
NC objectives covered:
Both sets of objectives for each year group, from simple circuits for Y4 to complex circuits / symbols and topics such as variable resistance for Y6.
1. THE SCIENCE AND HISTORY OF ELECTRICITY
2. CIRCUIT BOARD INVESTIGATION
3. THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH AND MORSE CODE
This task has been so popular in our Incredible Inventions workshop that we have also included it in this workshop as a perfect example of the importance of electricity to the modern world.
Learning about electromagnetism and code breaking in WW2, pupils take turns to come to the front of the class to send secret messages for their friends to decode, using a genuine WW2 Morse code training set.
In this exciting presentation we look at how electricity actually works at the atomic level with fun front of class activities such as making a human circuit with a (very low and safe) 3v electric current and another linked group activity to simulate the flow of electrons.
We then move on to an interactive timeline of the history of electricity discoveries such as the electric motor and the electromagnet, linking to the real inventions that came about as a result to change the lives of everyone on earth, in a perfect introduction to the rest of the day.
Pupils answer a range of fun and challenging questions about the science and history of electricity in teams against their friends.
Can pupils remember the story of Abbot Nollet and his test for speed of electricity? Can they remember which circuit symbol matches which component?
This is a great activity to assess pupil's knowledge from the day and to have a bit of fun to end with.
4. END OF DAY FUN QUIZ
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Have your pupils ever struggled with investigating circuits using your mixed tray of tangled components? Put all that stress aside as pupils solve a range of challenges using our pre made circuit boards.
The boards are extremely simple to use, with clearly labelled parts (using the correct circuit diagrams) and easy to make connections. As well as teaching directly to the curriculum, they can also be used to extend knowledge with the exploration of more advanced topics such as variable resistance and solar power using the differentiated challenge cards provided.