Explore Circuit Construction and Electronics
Hosted by: Girls In Tech
Visit our Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th
The Challenge: Explore the basics of electronics through circuit construction. Use our hands-on learning material and videos on your journey. Learn Or Up-level Your Circuit Skills with the PHET simulation below.
Recommended Materials: Computer, Internet Access, YouTube
Why Circuits & Electronics?
The reason we want to build circuits is to make electricity do useful things for us. The way we do that is by putting things in the circuit that use the current flow to light up, make noise, run programs, etc. In many ways, designing circuits helps to introduce the field of Electrical Engineering and how they think and work in real life.
Different real-world events or interactions between physical objects also affect the electrons in them. Electronic circuits help detect, measure, and manipulate these electronic signals so we can use them to help us make our lives better.
Welcome to Circuits 101!
One of the first things you'll encounter when learning about electronics is the concept of a circuit.
If we connect the positive side of a voltage source, through something that does some work such as a Light Emitting Diode (LED), and back to the negative side of the voltage source; electricity, or current, will flow. And we can put things in the path that do useful things when current flows through them, like LEDs that light up.
Experiment with an electronics kit! Build circuits with batteries, resistors, light bulbs, fuses, and switches. Determine if everyday objects are conductors or insulators, and take measurements with an ammeter and voltmeter. View the circuit as a schematic diagram, or switch to a lifelike view. Learn about the following: Series Circuit, Parallel Circuit, Ohm's Law, & Kirchoff's Law!
About Girls in Tech
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields.
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