The Story of the Atom: Unit 4 - Circuits

The Story of the Atom: Unit 4 - Circuits


Schedule: This is a Self-Paced Course
Grade Span: 6th, 7th and 8th grade

  • About This Course

    Once you can continually produce electricity over time, you can route it through circuits however you like. In this course, this is what students do! 


    Out of this, students, using various methods of measuring the flow, discover a wonderful set of laws which govern how electricity flows. In turn, out of this, students will begin to really see how to apply these principles and make electricity do what they want it to do. 


    From here, students will design and build their own electrical devics  In the final class students will present their device, what it does and any conclusive insights on what this might say, more broadly, about the physics of electricity.

  • Prerequisites

    • Solving for one unknown in an algebraic equation. Ideally, students should have taken or be currently enrolled in pre-algebra or algebra. 

    • Proficiency with graphing. Students can determine a scale for coordinate axes and properly draw and label axes

    • Familiarity with the scientific method and the ability to design simple experiments

    • Ability to collect and record data

    • Ability to maintain an orderly and safe space for small lab experiments.

  • How a Self-Paced Course Works

    Students advance through a series of really interesting labs. Each lab goes like this:


    • Kid takes materials out of a box 

    • Kid watches a 3-minute video

    • Kid runs a 10-30-minute lab. (Kid is pumped up!)

    • Kid does a lab write-up and a little problem set for quick feedback 

    • Kid notches a win, has brand new knowledge, and moves to the next lab! 


    In addition, there are bonus videos and readings and even a problem set designed to deepen an intuitive understanding of the topics.