Name of Unit Electricity and Magnetism Katie Davis and Joe Okai Columbus School Mrs. Collins An introduction into simple electric engineering with lessons based in static electricity, circuits and magnets 3, 4, 5 Static, circuits, magnets, electromagnets, magnetism 8 Introduction to Static Electricity Students use plastic balls and/or balloons to attempt to pick up various objects using static electricity. This activity will serve as an introduction to electricity in its simplest form! http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2014/01/15/intro-to-static-electricity/ Squishy Circuits Students will learn how to make a basic circuit, causing an LED bulb to light up. http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2014/01/15/squishy-circuits/ Squishy Circuits Students will learn how to make a basic circuit, causing an LED bulb to light up. http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2014/01/15/squishy-circuits/ Build a Flashlight We will discuss the applications of circuits to everyday life, and ask the students to build a flashlight. They will be introduced to the use of switches in circuits to turn them on and off. They will also need to think about making their circuits compact for use in a device. http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2014/01/15/flashlight/ Introduction to Magnetism Students will be introduced to the concept of magnetism through a combination of discussion, video, and a short activity. Students will see how magnets affect a compass needle when brought close. http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2014/01/15/introduction-to-magnetism/ Electromagnets Students will learn about the connection between electricity and electromagnetism. They will then build their own electromagnets using a battery, wire, and a nail, and attempt to pick up paperclips. http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2014/01/15/electromagnets/ Superhero Final Project Our final project for the students asks them to create a device to locate and pick up a magnetic villain hiding away in the cave. The villain has destroyed all of the magnets on Earth, so students will have to come up with an innovative way to pick up the villain. For this final project, we will create a dark “cave” and a villain made out of paperclips. Students will have to combine their knowledge of electromagnets, lights, and circuits to beat this evil villain. http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/2014/01/15/electromagnetism-superheros/

### One Response to Electricity and Magnetism – Davis + Okai

1. Students enjoyed this curriculum, and learned quite a bit through the use of the activities along with Powerpoint presentations and the occasional Bill Nye clip. We originally planned to also cover parallel circuits, but decided it was more important in the beginning of the semester to spend two weeks on squishy circuits rather than moving on before the class was ready.

If I could do this unit over again, I think that I would try to incorporate more of a design element in each activity which included designing FOR A USER. It was apparent during the final project that most students were not thinking about designing an object for a superhero.

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