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Electricity Fun - What it is, Circuits, and Batteries

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Trudy Field
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(187)
In this ongoing class, learners will learn what electricity is, how it's used, basic circuit formulas, and how a battery works. Demonstrations will be used to make it fun.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Learners will gain an overall view of electricity concepts, from what electricity is to batteries and related calculations to basic circuits and circuit formulas. 
Teacher has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, which included two classes in Electric Circuitry from courses in Mechanical Engineering.  One class covered Ohm's Law, Thevenin's and Norton's Laws, operational amplifiers, impedance and transducers.  Another class covered further circuit analysis, DC machines, synchronous generators, transformers, inducers, motors, and speed and torque control of machines.
Homework Offered
Some basic homework will be provided for some classes. Learners may do the work and feedback will be provided if the learner wishes. Completion of homework is optional.
Assessments Offered
Learner progress will not be assessed.
Grades Offered
Learners may wish to do the demonstrations the teacher does as well.  This is entirely optional as learners may simply watch the demonstrations.  Each week, the items list will be provided if learners prefer to do some experimenting as well: 
Week 1:  Balloon static fun - balloons, paper,  empty pop can
Week 2:  Make a card with an LED light in it demonstration - LED, watch battery, paper, aluminum foil, tape
Week 3 - Make a spinner demonstration - AA battery, hot glue gun (optional), copper wire, neodymium disc magnets 
Week 4 - Vegetable circuits demonstration - potatoes or other vegetables, two zinc coated or galvanized screws or nails, copper wires, two small pennies or alligator clips, small 3mm LED, optional voltmeter or multimeter
Week 5 - Simple battery demonstration - zinc washers, copper washers or pennies, paper, salt, water, copper wire, and tape
Parents may choose whether or not learners do any of the demonstrations or just watch.  Electrical safety will be reviewed before each demonstration.
Week 1:  Electromagnet - AA battery, copper wire, nail - Please note - Parental guidance on this as battery will overheat.  Demonstration is difficult to match up well to make a good spinner.
Week 2:  Make a card with an LED light in it demonstration - LED, watch battery, paper, aluminum foil, tape - only electricity from a watch battery - low voltage
Week 3 - Coin batteries.  Pennies, salt, water or vinegar, nickels, wire.  
Week 4 - Make a spinner demonstration - AA battery, hot glue gun (optional), copper wire, neodymium disc magnets - Please note - Parental guidance on this as battery can overheat.  Demonstration is difficult to match up well to make a good spinner.
Week 5 - Simple battery demonstration - zinc washers, copper washers or pennies, paper, salt, water, copper wire, and tape - low voltage created from simple battery creation.
Week 6 - Vegetable circuits demonstration - potatoes or other vegetables, two zinc coated or galvanized screws or nails, copper wires, two small pennies or alligator clips, small 3mm LED, optional voltmeter or multimeter.  Only electricity generated through vegetables, so low  voltage.
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(187)
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Hi, I'm Trudy Field.  I have a Bachelor of Environmental Chemistry degree from the University of Waterloo.  I love to make teaching fun.  Students learn best when learning is fun. I like to make the class interactive and entertaining.

I have... 
Group Class

$13

weekly
1x per week
45 min

Completed by 21 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-14
1-10 learners per class

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