Series vs. Parallel Circuits Lab Stations Activity

Series vs. Parallel Circuits Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. This lab combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Series vs. Parallel Circuits Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Compare and contrast a series and parallel circuit.
2. Explain what happens when you add more electrical devices to a series or parallel circuit.
3. Design a circuit with multiple devices that allows current to flow even if one device is broken.

Science Skills Station
At this station, students will build a series and parallel circuit. They will investigate and compare what happens to a series and parallel circuit when additional electrical appliances (lights) are added.

Narrative Station
At this station, students will read an informational text about series and parallel circuits. They will conduct short research about the application of series and parallel circuit using a computer.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to series and parallel. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
At this station, students will apply the engineering design process to create a circuit that allows light bulbs to glow even if one light bulb is broken (“blown out”). Students will determine how series or parallel circuits can be used to fix this problem.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Suggestions for projects that are best suited for this particular lab are included. It is up to the teacher to control this portion of the lab, and thus, the higher-order skills utilized in this activity. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
11 miniature light bulbs (E10 Miniature Screw Base Light Bulbs, 1.5V / 0.3A)
12 small light bulb holders
3 D batteries
22 pieces of insulated wire with wire stripped at ends (or ends w/ alligator clips)
Electrical tape
1 Computer or Tablet

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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