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In the How a Fuse Works Demonstration Kit, create a short circuit that includes a balloon as the fuse, you can dramatically demonstrate what happens when you “blow a fuse.” Provides audio and visual clues to show how fuses work.

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Students use electrical devices every day. An essential safety component of any electrical device is the fuse. By creating a short in a circuit that includes a balloon as the fuse, you can dramatically demonstrate what happens when you “blow a fuse!” Demonstration provides both audio and visual clues to help students understand how fuses work and shows why fuses are important safeguards against electrical fires. Kit includes Teacher Notes with helpful teaching tips, reproducible student worksheets, and enough materials to perform the demonstration as written seven times.

Concepts: Electrical circuit, fuses, Ohm’s law, short circuit.
Time Required: 15 minutes


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Structure and function