ERIC Number: EJ1046900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
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"Squishy Circuits": A Novel Way of Teaching Electricity--with Playdough!
Buckley, Anne; Harvey, Kim
Primary Science, n135 p12-14 Nov 2014
The Discovery City Learning Centre (Wirral, England) is an educational centre specializing in technology and science. The Centre has up to four primary school classes visiting every day to undertake workshops and utilize technology in all aspects of the curriculum. It also has a science laboratory that was specifically designed for use by primary school children. Over the last ten years, the Centre has used this facility to support many areas of the primary science curriculum, including teaching electricity with 6- and 7-year-olds. In this article, Discovery City Learning primary science consultant teachers, Anne Buckley and Kim Harvey, explain how playdough can provide a fun way for children to learn the basics and conduct further inquiries. The lesson revolves around "squishy circuits"--simple electrical circuits constructed using a conducting salt dough and an insulating sugar dough, a battery with electrical leads and probes attached, and a component to demonstrate the flow of electricity such as an LED or a 6 V buzzer.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Energy, Consultants, Manipulative Materials, Scientific Concepts, Equipment, Teaching Methods, Science Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)