WebQuest

Electrifying Cities

Process

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Step 1: Electricity in Daily Life and It's Production
1. Visit the following website and complete the step 1 section of the resource handout.  Click on the resource handout link at the bottom of this page to print a copy.

  • Click on the link then go to the movie room. Once inside click on the television and view the clip: You've Got the Power!
  • After you have viewed the video, feel free to click on other parts of the Energy Quest to gain more electrifying facts!


Step 2: Electrical Safety

1. Watch the following safety video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Veyv2lFc_Fk

2. Visit the website below to explore more electrical safety rules.  Using the information from the video and website, list 5 safety rules that you should always use when dealing with electricity. 

https://www.nvenergy.com/kids_safety/electric/html/kids1d.html

3. Knowing whether or not objects are good conductors or insulators plays a big role in keeping people safe around electricity.  Using the website below, do the conductor and insulator interactive game by building a circuit and testing different objects. Some of the results may surprise you!

http://www.helcohi.com/sse/wires/game.html

4. On your resource handout, tell the difference between a conductor and insulator.  Give 5 examples of each.

Step 3: Circuits and Switches

1. Visit the following site and complete step 3 of the resource handout: Changing Circuits

2. Click on this link to play the interactive game to complete the circuits and light the bulbs: Changing Circuits - Play

3. Practice your circuit building skills and build a complete circuit including a switch using the following materials:

  • wire
  • batteries
  • light bulbs
  • switch

     Draw a diagram of your circuit on the resource handout. Diagram Symbols

4. Visit the following website for a fun review on making circuits, switches, electrical symbols, & conductors and insulators.  To prove that you have become a true journeyman, do the activities with the green arrow!  http://www.andythelwell.com/blobz/guide.html


Step 4: Series Circuits and Parallel Circuits

1. Series Circuits: Watch this short video clip to learn about series circuits. Don't forget to fill in your resource handout.
2. Interactive Series Circuits: Visit this site to explore and interact with series circuits.

3. Parallel Circuits:  If you add more lights to a series circuit, they will not be as bright.  If you build a parallel circuit, you can add more lights and still have the same brightness.  If one bulb burns out, the other bulbs will still keep working in a parallel circuit.  This is a big advantage over a series circuit. Take a look at the website below to learn more. 

http://www.jimsdestinations.com/elebas3.htm

4. Now let's see if you were really paying attention! Let's see if you can build a parallel circuit.  Just click on the link below: 

http://www.physics-chemistry-interactive-flash-animation.com/electricity_electromagnetism_interactive/components_circuits_association-series_parallel.htm

5. Great job! Let's practice a little bit more!  Just click on the link Electro Shock ,  below and create more circuits


Step 5: Evaluation - Building an Electric City

With your newly gained electrifying knowledge,  you will work with a group of your peers as a construction team. Your job will be to design and create blueprints using electrical symbols. Then construct an electrical model of a city that includes wires, switches, series circuits, parallel circuits, lights, and motors. Click on the evaluation tab to the left for more details and the scoring rubric.



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