Our Year 6 students participated some very squishy lessons recently exploring electrical circuits using play doh, battery packs, insulating material, LEDs, small motors, buzzers and switches. This has been an awesome way to explore electricity and conductivity in a hands-on and fun way.
In the first lesson Ms Smith guided the students through the basic concepts of electrical circuits, basic safety and how to make simple series and parallel circuits. The boys followed along with close attention, as they moved though the activities. Once the basic concepts were clear, the boys were set loose to experiment in creative ways, incorporating these different circuits and insulating material into crazy sculptures. Trolls with glowing eyes, creatures from the deep with glimmering lures to draw in unwary prey, carrots in sunglasses and planes with whirring propellers were just some of the wonderful creations produced. In an astonishingly short period of time each class crafted creatures and inventions in a seemingly never-ending stream of creativity and variation.
Students returned to the library for a second session this year involving four different circuit challenges that they needed to complete independently. They were able to work on their problem solving and resilience in this lesson to understand why their circuit may not have been successful the first time. Students met these challenges well with some individual experimentation, collaborative effort and the occasional instructor expertise.