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Children's Engineering:
Electricity Basics
The links below are intended to provide background knowledge to in-service teachers taking James Madison University Course ISAT 501. Sites are not listed in any particular order.
(Adults should ALWAYS preview sites before providing them to children.)

Tech Topics: Electricity
Welcome to Electricity
http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/topics/10a.html

The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits –
http://www.andythelwell.com/blobz/

Interactive with activities and quizzes
Section 1: What makes circuits work?
Section 2: Conductors and insulators
Section 3: All about switches
Section 4: Changing circuits
Section 5: Circuit diagrams

How Stuff Works: How Electricity Works
http://home.howstuffworks.com/electricity.htm
Try switching to the printable version to read without the advertisements.


Sock it to Me!: How Electricity Came to Be
http://www.ieee-virtual-museum.org/exhibit/exhibit.php?id=159249&lid=1
IEEE Virtual Museum - EXHIBIT INTRODUCTION
- A brief history of electricity and its applications, this introductory exhibit provides a broad perspective on the history and social impact of electricity, electronics, and computers.

IEEE Vertual Museum Home Page
http://www.ieee-virtual-museum.org/index.php
Featured Exibits include:
-Let's Get Small: the Shrinking World of Microelectronics
-Powering the Electrical Revolution: Women and Technology
-Small is Big: The Coming Nanotechnology Revolution
- Songs in the Key of E
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World War II: How War Impacted Technology; How Technology Impacted War

IEEE - Teacher In–service Program
http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/education/precollege/tispt/lessons.html

Provides lesson plans and backgrouond information. Files need to be downloaded.
Series and Parallel Circuits  (Lesson Focus: Demonstrate parallel and serial circuit design)
Simple Electric Switches  (Lesson Focus: Demonstrate how switches control circuits)
Flashlights and Batteries  (Lesson Focus: Demonstrate electrical circuits in a flashlight)

d&t online electronics
http://www.dtonline.org/apps/infopage/app?3&1&1&0&1&0

Electronics Tasks and Assignments (VALIANT USA)
Circuits:
http://www.valiant-technology-test1.co.uk/archive/freebies/tronixwcards/tronix1.htm
Switches:
http://www.valiant-technology-test1.co.uk/archive/freebies/tronixwcards/tronix2.htm
http://www.valiant-technology-test1.co.uk/archive/freebies/tronixwcards/tronix3.htm
http://www.valiant-technology-test1.co.uk/archive/freebies/tronixwcards/tronix4.htm


Using Electricity - interactive game (ages  6-7)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/electricity.shtml

Circuits and Conductors – interactive game (ages 8-9)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/circuits_conductors_fs.shtml

Changing Circuits - interactive game (ages 10-11)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/10_11/changing_circuits.shtml


The Engery Story:
Part of the Energy Quest web site by the California Engergy Commission
(Resources for teachers and parents: http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/teachers_resources/index.html)

Chapter 1: Energy – What is it?
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter01.html

Chapter 2:  Electricity
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter02.html

Chapter 3: Resistance and Static Electricity
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter03.html

Chapter 4: Circuits
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter04.html

Chapter 5: Stored Energy and Batteries
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter05.html

Energy Quest Home Page: http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/index.html


 

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