Challenge 1 - make a parallel circuit
"Make a parallel circuit" was the only direction given this morning to ten eager faces gathered around baggies of electrical parts.
|Working parallel circuit.|
|Proof that this really is a parallel circuit.|
Challenge 2 - diagram a parallel circuit
The new step this week was to draw a diagram of a parallel circuit using the symbol for the batteries and the symbol for the light bulbs (aka resistors). The partners had difficulty putting their heads around how to "draw pictures" in symbols rather than replicating the materials in front of them.
Parallel Circuits & Literacy
|The only drawing that attempted to use the symbols.|
Collecting and analyzing data. All the elements of reading, writing, and math have been integrated into these group activities.
Second, hands-on experimentation is important in building a depth of practical and book knowledge as well as growing interest in skills that most of our adults have avoided. Who wants to read when reading is hard (and therefore boring)? Expressing one’s thoughts? Spelling? That’s even worse! The learners however selected the topic - electricity. They told us what they wanted to learn. Some are interested in electricity-related careers, some fascinated by anything associated with engines, and some thought making things was cool.