Electricity

Introduction to Robotics

A whole series of workshops designed to suit all ages from reception through to key stage 2.

All workshops will begin with an age and ability appropriate introduction to electricity. A brief history and evolution will be discussed and how it has changed people’s lives over the years. Generation, transportation and storage is discussed as well as what effect it has had on the environment and also what the future may hold. Safety is also covered.

Younger children can get to learn about simple circuits that can include moving vehicles, torches, a live wire challenge game, etc. with lots of pesky crocodile clips, wires, switches, bulbs, buzzers and batteries. But sometimes, well in fact most of the time, it is much more fun to play with electric playdough instead of wires. Colour coded playdough that can conduct or insulate and can be used to make some really cool looking circuits. Lobsters or frogs with eyes that light up, a clown with a spinning bow tie, a bee that buzzes when you touch his head are just some of the great things we have seen.

Older children will get a bit more hands on and learn about terminology of electricity such as the difference between AC and DC and why polarity is important. They can get to tinker with circuits and follow some challenging exercises to design their own circuits such as two way switching, make an alarm for a door and understand the difference between series and parallel connections and power sources. Groups get to electrify a small town, this a great workshop where electricity is generated and fed into a model town on pylons and distributed around the houses, shops and streets.

Some electricity workshops can be combined with coding to operate things like traffic lights and light sensitive street lights.

Reception

  • Electric Playdough is used to build crazy circuits.
  • Working in pairs, children get to make a two colour model and see what happens when they connect bulbs, buzzers, switches and batteries to it!
  • Each child gets to make a torch, bowlbot or a live wire challenge game to take home.

Key Stage 1

  • Electric Playdough is used to build crazy circuits.
  • Working in pairs, children get to make a two colour model and see what happens when they connect bulbs, buzzers, switches and batteries to it!
  • Structured exercises help to design and create some more complex circuits using traditional materials. Groups of 2 or 3 then get to design and make a circuit for a small building that will include lights, door bells, fans, etc.
  • Each child gets to make a moving vehicle, a torch, bowlbot or a live wire challenge game to take home

Key Stage 2

  • Children will get a bit more hands on and learn about terminology of electricity such as the difference between AC and DC and why polarity is important.
  • They can get to tinker with circuits and follow some challenging exercises to design their own circuits such as two way switching, make an alarm for a door and understand the difference between series and parallel connections and power sources.
  • Groups of 2 or 3 then get to design and make a circuit for a small building that will include lights, door bells, fans, etc.
  • All of the buildings are then made into a small town, this a great workshop where electricity is generated and fed into the model town on pylons and distributed around the houses, shops and streets.