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Copper Tape Electrical Circuit STEM Challenges

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3rd - 5th
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Description

In these STEM Challenges on circuit electricity, students will create paper circuits using copper tape. Students will use STEM engineering skills while creating all types of conductive tape circuits using copper tape, coin batteries, and LED diodes to complete the challenges.

Great for science lessons on current electricity, STEM camps, and after-school STEM programs. Each STEM challenge can be done independently, though they do build in complexity.

This set includes:

  • ten paper circuit challenges
  • directions
  • templates
  • troubleshooting tips
  • photos of finished projects
  • hints
  • article on electrical circuits
  • follow-up pages

This unit goes especially well with the following standards:

NGSS 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and

electric currents.

NGSS 4-PS3-4. Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another

NGSS 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify

aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Also aligned with Utah SEEd

Utah SEEd 4.2.3

Plan and carry out an investigation to gather evidence from observations that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electrical currents. Examples could include sound-causing objects to vibrate and electric currents being used to produce moon or light.

Utah SEEd 4.2.4

Apply scientific ideas to design a solution that converts energy from one form to another. Define the problem, identify criteria and constraints, develop a prototype for iterative testing, analyze data from testing, and propose modifications for optimizing the solution.

You will need the following inexpensive materials:

Conductive copper tape, paper, LED diodes, coin batteries, clear tape, scissors

Challenges Include:

Simple Circuit

Parallel Circuit

Series Circuit

Light Up Robot

Light Up Tree

Light Up Snowman

Laser Sword Light

Parallel Circuit With Corners

Your Own Design With Light

Four Different Kinds of Switches

Through these challenges, students will learn about:

Closed and open circuits

Electrical switches

Parallel circuits

Series circuits

Design thinking

Engineering

And terms: load, path, source

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See other resources for Engineering:

NGSS STEM Engineering Challenges 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2 and 3-5-ETS1-3

STEM Engineering Challenges NGSS 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2 and 3-5-ETS1-3 Set Two

Total Pages
57 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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Standards

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NGSS4-PS3-2
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
NGSS4-PS3-4
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device. Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.

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