Wednesday August 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM EDT
Thursday August 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM EDT

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The College of New Jersey 
2000 Pennington Road
Armstrong Hall
Ewing, NJ 08628

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The Center for Excellence in STEM Education 
The College of New Jersey - Center for Excellence in STEM Education 

Intro to Electricity, Circuits and Alternative Energy, Grades K-12 

In this 2-day experience, participants will begin by learning about the fundamentals of electricity, simple circuit design, and various technologies represented in the fields of traditional and alternative power and energy technologies.  Next they will work through a series of simple demonstration lessons and inexpensive experiments related to electricity, leading up to various PBLs utilizing commercially available kits within the practices of science and engineering from NGSS.  By the second day, educators will work in teams to explain phenomena and develop solutions to real-world engineering problems related to green and sustainable energy.

Major Topics & Lessons

  • Intro to Electricity
  • Magnetic Forces
  • Simple Circuits and Components
  • Series and Parallel Circuits
  • Schematic Diagrams
  • Power & Energy Equations
  • Power & Energy Technologies
  • Human Impacts
  • Carbon-based, Alternative Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Benefits, Tradeoffs and Human Impacts of Coal, Solar, Wind, etc.
  • LED lights vs. Incandescent Bulbs

Commercial Kits

  • Squishy Circuits
  • Makey Makey Circuits

Experiments and Engineering Challenges

  • Static Electricity
  • Table-top Electric Motors/Generators

Design Challenges

  • Wind-Powered Turbine
  • Reverse Engineering & Repurposing Solar Walkway Lights
  • LED Light-Up Prototypes and Signaling Devices
  • Lunch-Box Alarm System




Trainers include Chris Anderson, Chris Better, and Jodi Turner.

Disclaimer: Workshops are subject to change. Registrants will be given at least two weeks prior notice if there are any changes.