• Introduction

    It was a dark and stormy night. Thunder boomed and lightning crashed. The power was out so you grabbed your flashlight to see what was going on. You pushed the on button just as you heard a strange noise, but nothing happened. You were still in total darkness. Why was your flashlight not working? You will find out as you explore electricity.

    Task
     
    After learning about electricity you will show what you have learned by choosing a project to complete. Whichever project you choose, you will have to demonstrate your knowledge of electricity.

    Process
     
    1. Begin by going to these sites to explore electricity and find out some basic information:
     
     
     
    2.  Complete the Transfer of Energy Organizer.
     
    3.  Go to the Circuit Maker.  Write your own notes about circuits as you follow along.
     
    4.  Decide what materials are conductors and what materials are insulators using the Circuit Maker Part 2
     
    5.  Complete the Conductors and Insulators Worksheet.
     
    6.  Now, using everything you have learned, you will conduct an experiment. First, build a simple circuit using alligator clips, a lightbulb, a battery, and a battery holder. Test different materials to determine if they are conductors or insulators. You may choose what materials to test.  You will follow the scientific method as you complete your experiment.
     
     
    7.  Play this game.  Demonstrate your knowledge of how circuits work to regain your lost camera:  Bitesize Science
     
    8.  Read this information, then take the quiz that follows.  Show me the score on your computer.  You may not just tell me the score.  Changing Circuits.  Take quiz 1 and quiz 2.

    Conclusion

    Now that you have learned about electricity, you know why your flashlight was not working. Next time you will be able to fix the flashlight when it does not work.