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Investigating Electricity—Activity-Stations Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7019 

Price: $169.23

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This Investigating Electricity–Activity-Stations Kit offers a series of engaging, hands-on experiments that helps students discover the basic principles of electricity, such as electric current, voltage and electrostatics.

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Discover the basic principles of electricity with this “series” of four engaging, hands-on experiments. Students explore the concepts of electric current and voltage in series and parallel circuits. Using friction rods, friction pads, and an electroscope, students learn about electrostatics. Then they compare different electrochemical cells to determine which one produces the most electricity. Finally, students determine how the thickness and length of a wire affect its electrical resistance. Comprehensive “activity-stations” kit is ideal for either introductory- or advanced-level classes. Easy-to-set-up lab stations allow different student groups to work independently to investigate a specific aspect of electricity. After completing one activity, students move on to the next lab station. Detailed instructions and Teacher Notes are provided. Standard laboratory equipment and 6-Volt and 1.5-Volt batteries are required, but not included.

Complete for 30 students working in groups of three.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Copper foil, 1" x 12" strip
Copper(II) sulfate solution, dropper bottle, 1 M, 25 mL
Magnesium metal ribbon, 12"
Magnesium sulfate solution, dropper bottle, 1 M, 25 mL
Sodium nitrate solution, dropper bottle, 1 M, 25 mL, 2
Zinc foil, 1" x 10" strip
Zinc sulfate solution, dropper bottle, 1 M, 25 mL
Black connection wire with alligator clips, both ends, 12", 15
Culture tube, without lip, 16 x 150 mm, 2
Culture (petri) dish, 90 x 15 mm, 4
Filter paper, quantitative, 9 cm, 15
Friction pad, wool, 5" x 5", 2
Lightbulb, miniature, 3.7 V, 15
Pins, dissection, 1¾", 6
Pith ball electroscope, 2
PVC, ½" diameter, 6" length, 2
Receptacle, lamp, plastic, 12
Red connection wire with alligator clips, both ends, 12", 15
Steel wire, galvanized, 0.014" diameter, 28-gauge, 20 feet
Steel wire, galvanized, 0.063" diameter, 14-gauge, 14 feet

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
MS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
MS-PS3.C: Relationship between Energy and Forces
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS3.C: Relationship between Energy and Forces
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.