Bright Ideas

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Summary: This activity has students making their own customized light by deconstructing a flashlight.

Key Concepts: Circuits, powering a light or buzzer

Student Involvement: Students will build their own circuit from the inside parts of flashlight to light an LED or sound a buzzer.

Engineering Roles: Electrical engineering

Real World Connections: Understanding how a circuit works

Materials: Inside of a flashlight: battery connectors, batteries and wires. An LED or buzzer and electrical tape

Setup: Tape the battery to a platform and set aside the battery connectors, wires, LED or buzzer. Have the student connect the circuit in order to light the LED or sound the buzzer.

Suggestions: Try building a squishy circuit first with conductive dough.

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