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Help your students recreate one of the first forms of “fast” telecommunication with the construction of a telegraph. Rediscover high-speed 19th-century telecommunication with this fun and fascinating activity!

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Today students are accustomed to global light-speed telecommunication thanks to our advanced handheld phones and computers, but it was not always this way! Help your students recreate one of the first forms of “fast” telecommunication with the construction of a telegraph. Students will learn about electromagnets, circuits and Morse code and gain an appreciation for the speed at which we send and receive information today. Rediscover high-speed 19th-century telecommunication with this fun and fascinating activity!

Complete for 30 students working in groups of 3.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information
Engaging in argument from evidence
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-PS4-3. Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals.