Electricity and Circuits STEM Unit
Our study of electricity and circuits was electrifying!! Seriously, we all learned SO much in this unit and did over a dozen hands-on projects! If your kids love STEM projects, you may enjoy our 30-page Electricity and Circuits Packet.
My kids are currently 8, 11 and 13 and they couldn’t wait to dive into science each day while we were doing this unit!
Some of the topics and terms we talked about included:
- The parts of an atom
- Electric currents
- Conductors and insulators
- Parts of a light bulb
- Volts, amps, ohms
- Electrical circuits: Power source, load, conductor
- Simple Circuits
- Direct and Alternating Current (DC and AC)
- Resistance, Resistors and How they work.
- Anode, cathode
- Electrical Symbols
- Open and closed circuits
- Short circuits
- How to draw basic electrical schematics
- Series circuits
- Parallel circuits
- Circuit breakers and the power grid
The best thing about this unit, of course, was how hands-on it was! The kids begged to do science this past month or so! 🙂 Loved that! (My kids are in elementary and middle school this year. This unit worked well for all of them.)
In this unit, I organized things into daily plans. Each day has the worksheets, suggested hands-on activities and materials needed as well as any books we used. Below is a picture of Day 1 (left) and Day 2, (right). There are 10 suggested days (though to be honest, sometimes we took a little longer than just one day.) There are 10 Days of suggested activities and worksheets.
The kids learned a lot by making their own circuits and learning about terms like volts and resistance and then really putting what they learned into action! I can’t tell you the number of things *I* learned for the first time while doing this unit!! 🙂 It’s awesome to learn right along-side the kids!
As I mentioned above, this packet includes lists of what you need to have on hand to do these activities. And, it includes instructions for how to do each of the hands-on projects.
These activities are amazing to do on their own, but doing them in conjunction with learning terms like resistors, parallel circuits and so forth was really meaningful for the kids. (Their grandparents joked that they should join our homeschool.)
If your kids enjoy doing STEM activities they will definitely learn a lot from this unit! 🙂
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- We started with a study of the States of Matter and Changing States of Matter.
- Then from there we talked about the Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter. Since we talked about metals and non-metals in quite some detail in that second unit, it made sense to follow that with this unit on Electricity and Circuits because we talked extensively about conductors (and insulators) in this unit.
- The next year, we did another chemistry unit. We did an in-depth study of the periodic table, valence electrons, Bohr diagrams and learned terms like ions, isotopes, isomers and more.
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