What's the difference between series and parallel circuits?

What is a series circuit? What is a parallel circuit? How do we build circuits and where do we find them?

Dr. Erica looks at circuit components like batteries, LEDs, and wires and explains the role of each component. She also shows how to build a circuit in series and in parallel and gives some easy ways to remember differences between the two types.

Then learn some common day series circuit examples and parallel circuit examples. Dr. Erica will talk about why, in these everyday instances, you would want to have a series or a parallel circuit.

Ready to bring circuits into your classroom? We have a TON of cirucit curriculum you can download to bring creativity, fun, hands-on learning, and deep learning to your classroom:
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Learning circuits activities

My aim is to help teachers feel prepared to teach science. We have put together videos for many of these activities for teachers to get a quick overview of projects, learn talking points and more!

YouTube videos:
Bundle Overview
Obstacle course
Batteries vs. Coins
How LEDs work
Troubleshooting squishy circuits
Making a simple squishy circuit
Learn circuit basics with Lego
Series vs. Parallel circuits
How switches work

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