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Topics include: Famous Scientists, Electrical Discoveries and Technology, Properties of Parallel and Series Circuits, Schematic Symbols and Diagrams, and Electricity Algebra and Word Problems.
This current electricity activity includes eight escape room breakout challenges, which can be implemented in a variety of ways.
How to use this with your students: (several, flexible options)
• One activity a day, throughout the unit
• As a complete, end-of-unit review activity (over continuous class periods)
• As bonus work for students who finish early
• As a homework activity to assess student understanding of the concepts.
Each activity can be completed individually or in conjunction with one another, depending on the time available in your planning. The challenges could be used as individual, pair or small group activities. A detailed and thorough teacher instruction page has been included.
This is a print-and-go resource, requiring only pencils or pens, scissors, glue sticks.
Help! Someone is trying to sabotage your science class. They have flipped the breakers in the fuse box, leaving the science rooms without lights or power. They have locked up the fuse box, using a series of locks that can only be cracked with a keen knowledge of current electricity. Can your class break open the box to return the science rooms to full power?
Challenge #1: Famous Figures
Using the “famous figure” cards provided, students will read about famous scientists that contributed to the discovery of electrical theory and technology, including William Gilbert, Stephen Gray, Benjamin Franklin, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, Alessandro Volta, André-Marie Ampère, George Ohm, Michael Faraday and Thomas Edison. Students will then apply this information to a crossword activity, in which they must successfully match the scientists to their discoveries.
Challenge #2: Magic Box
Students will demonstrate their understanding of schematic symbols and the function of electrical components by completing a magic box.
Challenge #3: What’s Wrong
Students will correctly identify why the bulbs are not lighting up within the circuits, and then use the multiple choice key to correctly identify the combination.
Challenge #4: Electric Algebra
Students will correctly rearrange electrical equations to solve for the indicated variable, and use the indicated letters to determine the combination
Challenge #5: Matching Mix-Up
Students must correctly match electrical terminology with its definition, variable and units.
Challenge #6: This or That
Students will respond to questions by circling the circuit that best fulfills the criteria.
Challenge #7: Circuit Math
Students will solve word problems, indicating the correct value and unit for each question, and use a key provided to solve the combination.
Challenge #8: A-maze-ing Riddle
To wind up the activity, students will respond to an electricity riddle, but completing a maze to determine the correct answer.