A Simple Circuit

Heat up a lesson on solar energy by building a circuit for a cooling fan. Given a solar module and a DC motor, scholars develop hypotheses for how to make the fan turn. They test out their hypotheses, and then draw a circuit diagram to represent the solution.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • As an extension activity, challenge learners to create more complex circuits
Classroom Considerations
  • Part four of the seven-installment series Understanding Science and Engineering
  • Lesson requires a solar module, a DC motor with a fan, and a light source
Pros
  • Provides worksheets for pupils to record information
  • Encourages scientific inquiry
Cons
  • None
Common Core