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Electricity - steady hand game

Make a game that needs a steady hand - try not to light the bulb!
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Energy forms, Conservation of Energy (1, 3, 4, 5)
Physics: Electricity, Electromagnetism (7)
Lessons activity is in: 
  • open circuit, made on a board as pictured - optional: use home made wires
  • 1 foot of copper wire
  • brass wire, or other metal, twisted into a loop, the twisted end covered in foil
  • small binder clip

Starting with the circuit made in light a bulb, take off the foil blobs.

Twist the end of the copper wire into a flat stand and cover it in foil. Tape with duct tape to the cardboard base, leaving some foil sticking out.
Twist the top of the copper wire into a curved shape.
Tuck one end of the two free wires in the circuit under the foil.

Clip the metal loop to the other free wire.

To play the game.
Moving the loop along the copper wire without touching the copper wire. If you do touch it, you will close the circuit and make the bulb light. How far can you go without making the bulb turn on? If it is too easy, make the wire loop smaller, or the copper wire more wiggly.

Grades taught: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Teaching site: 
General Gordon Elementary Science Club
ingridscience afterschool