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Introducing STEM through Electricity—Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP8318

Price: $49.95

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Help students easily make the connection between science and engineering with this introductory STEM activity! Success at each step encourages students to continue the design process at the next level.

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Help students easily make the connection between science and engineering with this introductory STEM activity! Students learn how to make a simple electric circuit and draw circuit diagrams. Next they apply their knowledge of series and parallel circuits to wire a duplex outlet with two lamps in which one lamp is controlled by a switch and the other is not. Success at each step encourages students to continue the design process at the next level. You will definitely see the “lightbulbs go on” as students engage in science and engineering practices to master a final circuit design challenge!

Complete for 10 student groups. 1.5-V D batteries and holders are required and available separately.

Specifications

Materials Included in Kit:
Connector cords with alligator clips, 60
Fasteners, round head, 2-prong, pkg/100
Index cards, single-ruled, 3" x 5", 10
Lightbulbs, miniature, 1.2 V, 20
Paper clips, jumbo, 2", 20
Sockets, lamp, 20

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
MS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.