Flashlight Circuits @ TechWorks Gaston [Ages 9-12]

Details

Time: 8:45 am to 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast (includes coffee for parents!)

9:00 am to 11:00 am Workshop

Designed for ages 9-12.

This course is being offered FREE of charge thanks to the generosity of a TechWorks Board Member!

Based on a lesson by the MIT Edgerton Center
For original resources: http://edgerton.mit.edu/k-12/flashlight-building

Summary:
Students will learn how to strip wires, solder, create circuits, and use electrical schematics.

Background:
As a student at MIT, our instructor Morgan had the opportunity to teach with the MIT Edgerton Center. Every weekday, she had classes of 4th-8th grade students come to MIT on field trips for hands-on mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and science experiences. Despite being a mechanical engineer, one of her favorite lessons to teach was the flashlight building course.

Why? Because students left the class with a flashlight they had designed and built themselves!

First, we start by taking apart store-bought flashlights and understanding the components and how they work.

Then, we translate the components of the store-bought flashlights into the components we will use for the lesson.

We work through assembling the flashlight.
We learn the schematic language used for electrical components.
We decorate and test the flashlight.