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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Test a manufactured switch
  • Describe the difference between an open and closed circuit
  • Describe several different types of switches
  • Choose appropriate materials to construct a switch
  • Apply knowledge about switch design to construct a switch

Curriculum Connections

  • Grades 5 - 8
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Length of Activity

2.5 hours

Materials List

  • Switches Learner Activity Instructions
  • Switches Learner Worksheet

For each learner group:

  • 3-Volt battery
  • Battery holder
  • Light
  • Light holder
  • Wire strippers and cutters
  • 3 Paper clips
  • 2-4 Paper fasteners
  • Small pieces of cardboard
  • Metal thumb tacks
  • Clothespin
  • Pieces of string
  • Glue or glue gun
  • Tape
  • 3 Insulated copper wires (each piece 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)

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