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Semester 1, 2016-2017

Day 5: November 18, 2016
  1. Overview of home wiring:  street feedpanelcircuit breakerswiringjunction box, devices (lights, switches, receptacles)
  2. Building codes exist and are enforced to prevent fire & electrocutions
  3. Sample circuit:  light, switch, outlet, plug
    1. how to strip the wire, hook the ends, connect to socket
    2. lightbulb in a receptacle then into a junction box
    3. connect to & through a switch to an outlet.
  4. Wiring America (watch parts on high-tension line and household wiring)
Nov 11: No School

Day 4: November 4, 2016: 
www.dcaclab.com

Oct 28: Conferences

Oct 21: No School

Day 3: October 14, 2016
  1. Blobz
  2. Circuit Builder
  3. Demonstrate your understanding of voltage (volts) and current (amps)
  4. Activity: adding a second battery so that it DOES make the bulb brighter, and so that it DOESN'T (but it is still in the circuit)
  5. Activity 2: upstairs-downstairs switch
    1. think, talk, draw, etc
    2. hint 1:  what is on the outside of the switches that they use for this
    3. hint 2: what is inside the switches that they use
    4. hint 3: the answer as a diagram
    5. lets build it! video 1video 2
Day 2: October 7, 2016
  1. Circuit (power source, load, conductor) and short circuits
  2. Resistance:  flow through a wire, burning a wire and a pencil, conductor & insulator
  3. Voltage:  pressure, mmmph (levels in a battery, wall outlet)
  4. Activity: adding a second battery so that it DOES make the bulb brighter, and so that it DOESN'T (but it is still in the circuit)
  5. Activity 2: upstairs-downstairs switch
Day 1: September 30, 2017
  1. What did the title and description cause you to expect/want?
  2. What electricity-related words or facts or feelings or experiences do you know? (list) 
  3. Activity:  light a bulb with a battery (MIT graduates) and a wire then add a "how come" or "what if" question

Semester 2, 2015-2016

Day 7 (4/22/15)
  1. AC/DC

Day 6 (4/15/16)
  1. Overview of home wiring:  street feedpanelcircuit breakerswiringjunction box, devices (lights, switches, receptacles)
  2. Building codes exist and are enforced to prevent fire & electrocutions
  3. Sample circuit:  light, switch, outlet, plug
    1. how to strip the wire, hook the ends, connect to socket
    2. lightbulb in a receptacle then into a junction box
    3. connect to & through a switch to an outlet.
Day 5 (4/1/16) (rm 26 gone)
  1. Make the 3-way switch again, this time simply & explainable.
Day 4 (3/25/16):  Switches & Diagrams
  1. Types of switches
  2. Battery, switch, light.
  3. How do the "upstairs - downstairs" switches in a house work? 
    1. think, talk, draw, etc
    2. hint 1:  what is on the outside of the switches that they use for this
    3. hint 2: what is inside the switches that they use
    4. hint 3: the answer as a diagram
    5. lets build it! video 1video 2

Day 3 (3/11/16): Multimeter, diagram, simulations
  1. Multimeter:  device to test various aspects of a circuit (battery level, bulb burnt, resistance)
  2. Test some batteries individually and then in series.  What does parallel do to voltage?
  3. How a multimeter can measure connectivity and resistance.
  4. Simulations
    1. http://www.andythelwell.com/blobz/guide.html
    2. http://thefusebox.northernpowergrid.com/page/circuitbuilder.cfm
    3. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc

Day 2 (3/4/16)
  1. What did you (who were here) learn last week
  2. Variable resistance devices
  3. Activity 1:  light a bulb with a battery (MIT graduates) and a wire then add a "how come" or "what if" question
  4. Activity 2: adding a second battery
Day 1 (2/26/1)
  1. Overview of my ideas for the class
  2. Your name and reason you chose (?) this class
  3. Circuit (power source, load, conductor) and short circuits
  4. Resistance:  flow through a wire, burning a wire and a pencil, conductor & insulator
  5. Voltage:  pressure, mmmph (levels in a batter, wall outlet)
  6. Safety: how to recognize a short circuit

Day 4 (3/18/16) Home Wiring
  1. Overview of home wiring:  street feed, panel, circuits & breakers, wiring, junction boxes, devices (lights, switches, recepticles)
  2. Building codes exist and are enforced to prevent fire & electrocutions
  3. Sample circuit:  light, switch, outlet, plug
    1. lightbulb in a receptacle then into a junction box
    2. connect to & through a switch to an outlet.

Semester 1, 2015-2016

Day 14 (2/4/16)
  1. History of electrical invention
  2. Making a simple motor: demo, build, troubleshoot, improve

Day 13 (1/28/16)
  1. Edison and Tesla (episodes 5 and 6 of Men Who Built America)

Day 12 (1/21/16) Electronic Circuits
  1. What types of things contain electronic circuits
  2. Showing sample big (outdated) components
  3. Using the DCAClab.com simulator and these instructions

Day 11 (1/14/16) Electricity & Magnetism
  1. 8th graders: finish your LED tree with Thomas while the rest of us...
  2. Watch part 1 and 2 of the PBS video segment on Farraday
  3. Thomas' demonstrations of the relationship between electricity & magnetism

Day 10 (12/17/16) Finishing the LED Tree (with Thomas)
-8th grade is at the Exploratorium

Day 9 (12/10/15) Soldering
-review and revise (if necessary) your wiring plan
-review the soldering process

Day 8 (12/3/15)  Soldering and Making a LED Tree
  1. How soldering works: tools, supplies, and the process
  2. Practice soldering two ends of wire together
  3. Get in pairs, facing each other across a table
  4. Get the card, battery, battery holder, switch, and 3 to 5 LEDs
  5. How each works
  6. Design and placement of lights (tree, star, Rudolph, etc)
  7. Put components in place and draw wiring in pencil
  8. Solder it up

Day 7 (11/12/15) Home Wiring (day 2) & Little Bits

Day 6 (11/5/15) Home Wiring
  1. Overview of home wiring:  street feed, panel, circuits & breakers, wiring, junction boxes, devices (lights, switches, recepticles)
  2. Building codes exist and are enforced to prevent fire & electrocutions
  3. Sample circuit:  light, switch, outlet, plug
    1. lightbulb in a recepticle then into a junction box
    2. connect to & through a switch to an outlet.

Day 4 (10/22/15)
  1. The result of resistance:  battery-resister-load, battery-resistor-meter
  2. Measuring things using a multimeter: voltage and resistance
  3. Three-way switch again; easier connections this time
  4. The three units/ideas you should know:  resistance, voltage (pressure/push/mmph), amperage (flow/current/rate)

Day 3 (10/15)
  1. Thomas' demonstrations of resistance (wire, pencil, and devices)

Day 2 (10/8/15)
  1. Review:  name of the two types of circuits we made and how they effect the brightness & duration of the light
  2. Wiring a circuit that can turn a light on and off, but without the switch... then with a switch (its an on-on switch)
  3. How do the "upstairs - downstairs" switches in a house work? 
    1. think, talk, draw, etc
    2. hint 1:  what is on the outside of the switches that they use for this
    3. hint 2: what is inside the switches that they use
    4. hint 3: the answer as a diagram
    5. lets build it!
  4. video 1video 2
Day 1 (10/1/15)
  1. Overview of my ideas for the class
  2. Your name and reason you chose (?) this class
  3. Activity 1:  light a bulb with a battery (MIT graduates) and a wire then add a "how come" or "what if" question
  4. Activity 2: adding a second battery
  5. Simulations
    1. http://www.andythelwell.com/blobz/guide.html
    2. http://thefusebox.northernpowergrid.com/page/circuitbuilder.cfm
    3. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc


  S2 15-16 S1 15-16
 1 2/26/16 resistance 10/1/15
 2 3/4/16 b-b-l 10/8/15
 3 3/11/16 multimeter 10/15/15
 4 3/25/16 switches 10/2215
 5 4/1/16 home 11/5/15
 61/15/16 home 11/12/15
 7 4/22/16 solder 11/19/15
 8 4/29/16 circuits 12/3/15
 9 5/13/16 circuits 12/10/15
 10 5/20/16 elec-mag 12/17/15 (Explm)
 11 5/27/16 elec mag 1/14/16
 12 6/3/16 (rafting) 1/21/16
 13  1/28/16
 14  2/4/16
 15  2/11/16


 Spring 2016 
 Adam Webb 6-23 
 Andre Nguyen 7-4 
 Arianna Wright 8-29 
 Daniel Moreno 7-22 
 Daryan Kianian 8-29 
 Ethan Rombawa                     
 Isabelle Zirbel 
 Jon Jr. Santos 
 Josiah Sutherland 
 Jovin Becerra
 
 Julian Mack  
 Justin Wiggins 
 Nathan Centeno 
 Nathaniel Oliver 
 Parth Juthani 
 Simrat Jolly 
 Taika Sorensen 
 Thomas Damuni 
 Yume Weissmann 
 Zayd Mahmoud 



Online Resources
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities/electricitycircuits.html

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