Electricity


  • Bristle Bots

    Use a toothbrush, pager motor, and battery to build a simple robot. Experiment with the design process and circuits in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
    Grades: 3-8
  • Glow Sticks

    Make a string of glowing lights that you can dance with, read by, or wear. Experiment with the design process and circuits in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
    Grades: 3-8
  • Hack a Greeting Card

    Surprise your friends with this sound system that you can hide or wear. Experiment with the design process in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
    Grades: 3-8
  • How Does A Solenoid Work?

    See how a solenoid operates in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

    Grades: 3-8
  • How Does A Fuse Work?

    If more electricity flows through a fuse than it was designed for, the fuse heats up so much that it melts. This opens a gap in the circuit, which stops the flow of electricity and protects the more expensive components from damage. See how a fuse protects a device from too much current in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Motorized Car

    Make a car that uses a battery-operated motor to go at least ten feet, in this activity from Design Squad Nation: The Need for Speed.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Design Squad Nation | Electric Highway

    Design and build a circuit that connects a battery and buzzer at least three feet apart using four types of materials, in this activity from Design Squad Nation. The materials are known as conductors. Determine which materials conduct electricity best. All parts of the circuit will be connected, making it a closed circuit.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Design Squad Nation | Hidden Alarm Challenge: Unit 1: It's Electric, Challenge 1

    Design an alarm that you can turn on and off and that is small enough to hide, in this activity from Design Squad Nation.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Design Squad Nation | Dance Pad Mania Challenge: Unit 1: It's Electric, Challenge 2

    Challenge 2 from Design Squad Nation challenges you to build a dance pad that lets you use your feet to sound a buzzer or flash a light. Your dance pad is basically a super-sized version of the alarm you built in Challenge 1.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Just For Kicks

    Pro soccer player, Michael Pankhurst, challenges the Design Squad to build a kicking machine, in this video from Design Squad Nation.

    Grades: 3-8

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