Making Fuses

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Identify safety features of fuses
  • Choose appropriate materials to construct a fuse
  • Record observations about how the fuse functions
  • Identify ways to improve the fuse design

Curriculum Connections

  • Grades 5 - 8
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Length of Activity

1.5 hours

Materials List

  • Making Fuses Learner Activity Instructions
  • Making Fuses Learner Worksheet

For each learner group:

  • 5 Insulated copper wires (each is 10 to 20 cm long, ends stripped OR insulated copper wires with alligator clips on the ends. These can be purchased at Radio Shack in packs and are reasonably priced.)
  • 1 Bulb
  • 1 Bulb holder
  • Steel wool
  • 3 D Batteries
  • 3 D Battery holders
  • Scissors Tape

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