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The basic objectives of Finding Out About Electricity are learning about electricity, discovering different types of electricity, making a simple battery, and making an electrical current. Students also get to make their own simple, electric-powered balsa wood vehicle.
This study begins with the history of magnets, dating back to 1200 B.C. Finding Out About Magnetism is full of fun and engaging activities, experiments, and games that enable students to create a magnetic field, study magnetic poles, and make their own magnets and compasses.
The key objectives of Finding Out About Static Electricity include teaching students about static electricity, experimenting with static electricity, understanding positive and negative static electricity, and exploring uses for static electricity. Students investigate through a variety of experiments.
Do electromagnetic propulsion systems and braking systems like those used on roller coasters interest your students? If so, give them a close-up look at what makes it possible: eddy currents. The magnetic track connects to the battery to create an eddy current that will roll a metal tube down it.
Some assembly needed. Requires a 6 V lantern battery, sold separately. Caution: No other power source should be used.
Starting a low-sodium diet? We have the solution to all that extra salt lying around!
Demonstrate the basic principles of a battery – as well as some chemistry – with the ElectroLight Battery that you and your students build from a kit! When the kit is constructed, the salt solution in the battery tray chemically reacts with the metals to move electrons from one cell to another. When the LED is placed into this electron flow, it lights!
Kit includes paper clips, solution bottle, red and black alligator clips with leads, large LED, three strips of copper, three strips of zinc, three salt packets, battery tray, and instructions. Requires scissors and ruler, sold separately.
Students who need a extra magnetic levitation vehicles to race up and down the Maglev Track can build their own with these kits and packs. Construction requires double-stick tape and scissors, sold separately.
Includes two red, white, and blue cutout car designs, as well as four ceramic magnets and a tough, precut card-stock base.
Provides enough material for 10 students to build Levitator Maglev Vehicles. Includes:
Provides enough material for 30 students to make Levitator Maglev Vehicles. Includes:
This fun maglev vehicle zips down the track powered by the DC power supply that runs its propeller. Easy to build, the vehicle demonstrates the way electrically charged maglev trains work.
No soldering required. Includes magnets, chassis plates, motor with propeller and leads, and adhesive tabs. Available as a single kit or in a pack of 10 kits.
Everyone in the class has a shot at levitation with our Maglev Vehicles – GS Package. The pack has enough materials for 30 students to build Levitator Maglev vehicles, including 30 car templates, 30 precut card-stock bases, 100 ceramic magnets, a Maglev Track, and a Dr. Zoon Maglev Video.
Warp speed isn’t just for science fiction – it characterizes the speed of Pitsco’s Warp Drive Levitator. A motor drives the propeller of the maglev prop racer. Place it on the Pitsco Maglev Track, switch it on, and watch it fly!
The kit includes everything needed to build one Warp Drive Levitator: magnets, body base cards, on/off switch, motor, propeller, adhesive tabs, battery holder, and instructions with a template. Requires soldering iron and solder, hobby knife, ruler, and two AAA batteries, sold separately.
To create an extra-long track, add these 4' sections onto the Maglev II Track. Constructed of sturdy aluminum; some assembly required.
With magnetic levitation, objects can be levitated, or held floating in midair, by the force of magnetism. In this video, Dr. Zoon illustrates some of the scientific principles behind magnetic levitation, and he goes step-by-step through the process of building and testing a maglev vehicle.
Electrical engineering is a diverse field with more than 750,000 people working in it. Spark students’ interest in this practical career through the hands-on projects in this guide. Through several activities and challenges, students learn about switches, series and parallel circuits, Ohm’s law, schematics, breadboarding, soldering, and more.
Includes lesson plans, correlations to national standards, assessments, glossaries, puzzles, and more. Student materials are reproducible for distribution in your classroom.
Use this full-color guide alone or as a supplement, or combine it with other Pitsco guides to develop an engineering curriculum.
Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include Pitsco ElectroLight Battery Kits; Blinky Kits; Laser Show – the Kit; soldering iron and solder; wire stripper; Phillips screwdriver; needle-nose pliers; small vise; safety glasses; small wrench or pliers; multimeter; lamp sockets and 1.5 V bulbs; knife switches; switches; breadboards; electrical wire; 10K and 330K resistors; jumper wire set; AA battery holders and batteries; 9 V battery; and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.