Snap Circuits


Name of Activity Snap Circuits Intro
Author STOMP
Keywords electrical engineering, circuits
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level 4, 5, 6
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Activity involves building series and parallel circuits with LED’s, resistors, and switches
Lesson Objectives: To introduce students to the Snap Circuit Kits
Materials Needed: Snap Circuit Kits
Preparation and Set Up: Make copies of worksheets

arrange students in pairs

Distribute Kits and

Necessary Background Parallel







Procedure 1. Discuss and introduce the vocabulary 2. have the students design any circuit they want (multiple LED’s in series/parallel) on a worksheet, 3. have them predict what will happen 4. build and write observations

One Response to “Snap Circuits”

  1. We ended up doing this activity for two weeks since students loved it so much! We were in a fifth grade classroom in Argenziano.
    The first day was about experimentation. Students focused on building circuits and becoming familiar with the different elements involved. We once again noted the positive/negative ends of the battery and how this is relevant in a circuit. Students added lots of branches and elements, and we asked them to problem solve when certain lights or circuits elements didn’t work.
    The second day was our introduction of series and parallel circuits. We talked about how the circuits should work and had students draw out series and parallel before creating the circuits. We had them focus on how the brightness of two lights in series or in parallel. This lead to a discussion about current and energy, and students were then able to anticipate how light brightness, representative of current flow, changes based on the arrangement of elements relative to each other.

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