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At 2am on a stormy night in May, the electricity suddenly goes out. The house begins to become muggy, and you throw off all of your covers. Then you realize that you may not be able to wake up in the morning if the electricity does not come back on soon because your alarm clock does not work without electricity. What are you going to do about breakfast? How will you cook a Blueberry Pop Tart without eletcricity? Your shower will also be cold in the morning without electricity. However, that sounds like a good thing right now, as the temperature and humidity continue to rise in your bedroom.
What comes to mind when you find yourself suddenly in complete darkness? Initially you are likely to be overcome with fear, but when you see there is nothing to fear, you usually begin to have quesions about electricity. It is easy to forget how much we rely on electricity until we do not have the use of it.
What can you learn from studying electricity? Where does electricity come from? How does electricity make your alarm clock, toaster, and water heater work? That is what you will find in this WebQuest.
You have decided to find out how electricity works, so maybe you can come up with a way to get the power back on when the electricity goes out. In order to do this, you must understand how electricity works by completing some research.
At the end of your fact finding, you will become an expert ready to show off what you know with others.
On important fact to learn about electricity is how it flows in a circuit. This is where you will begin your research.
Find out about how electricity works. First, read through and complete the activity below about simple circuits. When you have finished reading through the activity, exit out of the page to back to this page.
Click on the link for Simple Circuits. Then use the pages to answer the following questions.
Simple Circuits Link
1. What does a complete circuit need to make electrical devices work?
2. Name two other electrical components that a circuit can have besides a battery and wires.
3. True or False: A circuit will work if it has a break in it?
4. In your science notebook draw the electrical symbol for a battery and a switch.
5. Adding more batteries to a simple circuit will make the bulb ____________________.
6. Adding more bulbs to a simple circuit will make the bulbs _______________________.
7. Lengthening the wires on a simple circuit will make the bulb ______________________.
Experimenting with Electricity
Complete the online activities below. Click on the blue arrows at the top to move through the activities. When you are finished, exit out of the activity to get back to this page. Then click on the Quiz link and take the quiz that goes with each activity. After you have taken each quiz come up to me so that I can record your score. You may not just tell me, I have to see it on the screen, so do not exit out before you show me.
Changing Circuits Activity
Changing Circuits Quiz
Circuits and Conductors Activity
Circuits and Conductors Quiz
Diagram a Circuit
Complete the Building a Circuit exercise.
Building a Circuit Link
Read through this activity carefully, paying close attention to the symbols that are used. You can also use te websites listed below to find out more information about circuits. After you have completed the activity, practice your future in electronics by using the symbols you have learned about to create a diagram of a simple circuit in your science notebook. The circuit will be for a light, a motor, or buzzer. Your diagram is worth 20 points and must include the following information:
1. Proper symbols including power source. (DO NOT USE PICTURES, USE SYMBOLS)
2. Arrows to show th direction of the current.
3. Key that explains each symbol (do not use symbols that you do not use in your diagram key)
You can find additional information about electrical symbols for circuits and information about building circuits on the websites listed below.
Step 4 Extra Credit
Electricity is a very widely used form of energy. We use it in the home and at school, in the workplace and for recreation. It can give us pleasure and comfort. However, it can also be dangerous. It can give us a shock, a burn, or even kill us. Your mission is to investigate how electricity is a danger to us in various situations and list safety rules about electricity in your science notebook. You must include a least five safety rules about electricity.
You can find some good Electricity Safety rules on the websites listed below. You may not copy these rules word for word (that is cheating), but you can put them in your own words. You must use correct spelling and grammer to get full credit. You will make these rules into a poster for electrical safety. On your posters, you will make an electrical safety mascot, and give your mascot a catchy slogan, then you will put him in a scene to advertise electrical safety. On, the back of your poster, you will list your five safety rules, you will also give your mascot a name and a purpose.
Alliant Energy Kids
Dairyland Power Cooperative
You have acted on your puzzlement about electricity by researching and have found out about how electricity flows through circuits by completing this WebQuest. Now that you have a good idea about what electricity is and ways to safely use it, you may want to expand your knowledge with the web sites included below. Maybe one day you will be able to invent a circuit that will not break in bad weather to prevent the electricity from going out in the future. You can research more about electricity from these websites:
What is Electricity?
Welcome to Electricity!
Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits
The Atoms Family
The Energy Quest
The Basic Circuit
Benjamin Franklin Biography
Theatre of Electricity