Building a Basic Series Circuit

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This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners can use it to build and examine a basic electrical circuit. Other activities using the circuit set-up are outlined, such as making an electric fan. A safety note cautions that goggles should be worn at all times when using electricity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Safety goggles
  • 11” x 9” white cardboard template
  • 4 black Velcro patches (good contrast for low vision)
  • Basic circuit components with lead wires attached to each with alligator clips on ends, or Magna leads, and Velcro on underside of each component
  • Motor
  • 1.5v AA battery
  • Battery holder
  • Single-knife switch


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Motors
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines

Informal Categories

  • Electronics


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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