STC - Electric Circuits

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Grade: 4
Type: Physical Science
In this unit, students are able to learn about the many properties and uses of electricity. Once the students have an understanding of the basic properties of electricity, they go on to identify conductors and insulators by participating in investigation activities. Students also have the opportunity to learn about parallel and series circuits, diodes, switches, and the use of nichrome wire. Further knowledge is gained through hands-on activities that include making a filament, creating and interpreting circuit diagrams, tracing circuitry in a "hidden circuit box", and designing and constructing a flashlight with a working switch. As a final activity, students proudly design, build, and wire a cardboard house so that a light turns on in each room of the house when the switch is properly used.

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