- Energy Quest – The California Energy Commission hosts a site for elementary and middle school students. The Energy Story is a multi part resource about alternate energy sources as well as information about electricity, batteries, and fossil fuels. There are many science projects and energy activities for K-12 students. Lots of games can be played from crossword puzzles and cryptograms to several versions of the game “Watt’s That?,” similar to Jeopardy. Other features are alternative fuel cars and profiles of super scientists. The Time Machine is a timeline of historical energy events. Click on the apple on the main page to find the teacher resources.
- ConEd for Kids – Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) has launched “Con Edison Kids,” a creative and entertaining Web site that introduces a number of energy-related concepts to children of all ages. The Web site is part of an extensive effort to make schoolchildren in Con Edison’s service area more aware of energy efficiency. Images filled with movement, colors, and sounds will take children on an unforgettable trip through Con Edison’s underground electric, gas, and steam systems.
- Energy In-Depth This interactive site from Iowa Public Television helps students identify major sources of energy, and discover how energy can be converted from one form to another. Investigate the characteristics of electricity, and learn how current electricity can be used to power items such as cars, lights and computers.
- Unplugged! – Big Apple History. Consider the importance of electricity and energy in one’s own life, the costs of that energy and the importance of conserving energy. Examine how much energy one’s own family uses, the cost and how much would be saved by using conservation methods. Grades 3-8.
- Get Charged Up – Dragonfly TV. Discover that two objects with the same electric charge will repel each other.Grades 3-8.
- IEEE Virtual Museum – The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) presents a virtual museum with 8 exhibits related to “”the global social impact of technology and demonstrates the relevance of engineering and engineers to society.”” The exhibits all related to electricity in some aspect, whether it is making music or making wars. Other exhibits are about microelectronics, microwaves, Edison, women and technology, and the early days of electricity discoveries. Flash and QuickTime are required.”
- Electricity Unplugged – Compare and contrast different types of electricity production systems and their associated parts, processes and products. Describe the environmental, economic and social implications attributed to each resource used for electricity production. Grades 6-8.
- As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You – Understand the basics of wind energy and power production by fabricating and testing various blade designs for table-top windmills. Consider the potential of wind energy as a clean, safe, perpetually renewable energy source. Grades 6-12.
- NOVA: Lightning Varities – View a slideshow to learn about nine types of lightning, including ball lightning, blue jet, red sprites, elves, volcanic lightning, nuclear lightning, and triggered lightning. Grades 6-12.
- How Do We Convert Electrical Energy Into Mechanical Energy? – Master of Lightning. Explore the conversion of energy from electrical to mechanical and back again. Diagram the workings of magnets in a motor, and apply the concepts to understanding the uses of motors in power plants and elsewhere. Grades 6-12.
- Electricity Curriculum Center – Activities, puzzles and project ideasto boost the study of Electricity. Discovery Education’s video and CD-ROM resources offer an up close exploration of Electricity.
- How Electric Current Produces Energy -In this lesson, the student will learn how electric current ina circuit can produce thermal energy, light, sound and magnetic forces. To accomplish this, students will make a game board and test it with a complete circuit using a light bulb and a buzzer. They will observe and discuss the types
of energy changes taking place in a hotplate, hair dryer, toaster and a doorbell. Students will also make an electromagnet to learn how electric current produces forces. Throughout the lesson students will be making connections with examples from their daily lives. Students will demonstrate their learning with products, journal
writings, illustrations and explanations.
- More Power to You – This lesson provides students with an understanding of the concept of electrical energy. During the lesson the students will model the movement of electrons along a wire to form an electrical current, label a concept map of hydroelectric production, and build two types of electrical circuits as they investigate the concept of electrical energy, they understand and relate its impact on their own lives. Grades 5-8.
- Electric Circuts -Students use critical thinking skills and deductive reasoning to create their own electric circuits using a few simple materials.
Wonderville Interactives – Play these online interactive activities from the Science Alberta Foundation for middle school students to test the Bernoulli principle, mechanisms that use electricity, fossils, simple machines, light and shadow, testing materials and designs, hearing and sound, wetlands, and forests. All activities require Flash.
Electrical Safety World – Elementary and middle school students can try these experiments, games, and activities to learn the principles and practices of electrical safety. Topics include grounding, electricity and water, appliance safety, the effects of electric shock, electrical fires, and downed power lines. The Home Safety Audit is a checklist students can use with parents to inspect their home for electrical hazards. A teacher’s guide, safety certificate, and glossary are provided.
Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience – Four modules from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory introduce you to basic concepts surrounding electricity and magnetism, matter, energy, and fusion. Definitions, hands-on-activities to try at home or school, and questions with answers supplement the basic concepts. You have probably heard that a watched pot never boils, but on this site, you can boil water by altering the temperature, amount of water and heating rate. This site would be useful as an introduction and a review for middle and high school students. Flash and Shockwave are required for all the modules in this site.
Science Service Historical Image Collection – The National Museum of American History provides images and original captions as they appeared in period publications. Most of the images are related to electricity but other subjects include automobiles, cameras, telephones and televisions. Check the text and images under Electric Appliances, such as the electric blanket and blackboard lecture or the 1962 picture-phone under telephones. The captions are fascinating as the modern reader sees the descriptions of innovations that are now commonplace. The next generation will think our recent innovations are as ancient as you might think these inventions of the 1930s-1960s are.
Investigating Static Electricity – Students complete challenges by rotating through stations to solve problems; based on their contributions, students create questions for the class database for others to answer. Grade 6.
- Bill Nye the Science Guy – Electricity 1
- Bill Nye the Science Guy – Electricity 2
- Bill Nye the Science Guy – Electricity 3
- Bill Nye the Science Guy – Static Electricity
- Body Electricity– Discover how electric signals in the body are detected by electrodes in a myoelectric prosthetic arm, causing movement of the prosthesis.
- Electric Girl – Learn about the difference between static electricity and current electricity while watching a girl construct a homemade flashlight.
- Experimenting with a Lemon Battery – Discover how to generate electricity while watching kids use the acid from a lemon to make a battery.
- Designing Electric Circuits: Door Alarm– Explore electrical circuits while watching students design and build door alarms using a variety of materials.
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