IN THIS KIT
Teacher’s guide (x1)
Circuit boards (x10)
Pencil resistors (x10)
Electromagnets(x10), steel cores (x5), copper cores (x5)
Plastic propellers (x10)
Energy stick (x1)
Spares box containing various components
Teaching Approach and Curriculum links
This kit is designed to teach students how to ‘do science’ and to ‘think scientifically’ within the context of ‘Electricity’. Students need to be equipped with future-focused skills that are transferable to any context, so this kit emphasises Nature of Science concepts and in particular the five key Foundational Science Capabilities shown to the below.
See http://scienceonline.tki.org.nz/Introducing-five-science-capabilities for more details.
Introduction and safety
Simple lamp circuits
Conductors and insulators
Things in series
Things in parallel
Firstly, good investigations start with good questions. So, examples of questions are given and possible outcomes and lines of investigation are suggested. However, these are not rigid. It is suggested that students be allowed to explore before structured lines of inquiry are formed.
Each activity has introductory and support information for the teacher, followed by student investigations under the heading ‘Questions and ideas to investigate’. The activities begin with simple questions and ideas, leading to more open-ended and challenging student-lead investigations. Further teacher support is given [in square brackets]. Emphasis throughout is on the five Foundational Science Capabilities.
What this kit is not
The kit is not designed so that students can create and build ‘every circuit, device and gizmo imaginable’. Rather, it emphasises the science of electricity and the skills and dispositions required to investigate it.