Power It Up
Girls learn about electronics and circuitry through a series of hands-on investigations that include Snap Circuits, and conductive and insulating materials. Rounding out this unit, girls develop soldering skills and make circuits in a game board of their own design, to take home.
Click here for sample curriculum.
See this kit’s training support videos on YouTube.
- An introduction to circuits, this site provides information and visual aids: www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter04.html
- Another helpful tool, this site discusses circuit diagrams as well as series and parallel circuits: science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/circuit.htm
- Profile of Amanda Parkes, design engineer who works with electronics: www.youtube.com/watch?v=djxAVBbGdPI
- Profile of Ayanna Howard, electrical engineer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIRQDbrAEVM
- Profile of Katie, a transmission systems engineer who works at an electric utility: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujKLXrNTIBY
- Profile of Yael Mcguire, electrical engineer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0tyMnKPRwk
- Energy Quest: Lemon Power: www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/lemon.html
- UC Berkeley Center for Particle Astrophysics: Potato Power Teacher’s Guide: http://cosmology.berkeley.edu/Education/DEMOS/ Potato_Power/Potato_Teacher.html
- Pop Siren: How LEDs Work (segment runs from 5:50 to 10:50): www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DUpscCctV8
- Demonstration of flexible LED ribbon: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaSHR6mfbRE
- How It’s Made: Computer Circuit Boards: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJS_Jqw3Sy0