Burglar Alarm

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Test a manufactured burglar alarm
  • Choose appropriate materials to construct an alarm
  • Apply knowledge about switch design to construct a burglar alarm

Curriculum Connections

  • Grades 5 - 8
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Length of Activity

2.5 hours

Materials List

  • Burglar Alarm Learner Activity Instructions
  • Burglar Alarm Learner Worksheet

For each learner group:

  • 4 Insulated copper wires
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 D batteries
  • 2 Battery holders
  • 2 Metal paper fasteners
  • 1 Clothespin
  • 1 Small piece of cardboard
  • Tape
  • 1 Buzzer
  • Boxes (optional)

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