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Flashlights and Batteries


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Flashlights and Batteries

In this activity, learners explore how a flashlight works, showing the electric circuit and switch functions of this everyday household item. Learners discover how batteries work, how they provide power to the simple circuit within a simple flashlight, and how the switch controls the flow of electrons. Learners disassemble a flashlight and draw a schematic of a flashlight's circuit design.
Safety note: Be sure students do not try to disassemble a battery

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Electronics

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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