LittleBits Introduction

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What You Do:

Explore circuits and their components.

Use the engineering design process to solve a problem.

Build functional circuits with LittleBits.

Lesson and media based off the material available at the LittleBits website.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Circular Circuits

MagLev Trains

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What You Do:

Explore how scale models are built and used.

Learn about and apply magnetic properties.

Implement the engineering design process to problem solve.

Build a magnetically levitating “train”.

Mentos Madness

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What You Do:

Explore nucleation.

Practice developing and testing a hypothesis.

Drop Mentos into soda to see what happens!

Electromagnetism

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What You Do:

Explore the effects of electricity on materials.

Build a circuit to turn a nail into a magnet.

Test how difference circuits influence the magnetism of the nail.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Sticky Static, Circular Circuits, Magic Magnets

Circular Circuits

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What You Do:

Learn about how electrons move through a circuit.

Build a circuit to light a light bulb.

Build a circuit to test objects for conductivity.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Sticky Static

Sticky Static

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What You Do:

Learn about the structure and components of an atom.

Explore the idea and effects of static.

Build a static structure to make static.

Check for Charge (Static Electricity)

What You Do:

Discuss “charge” and electron flow through conductive material.

Build an electroscope to detect charge in various classroom materials.

Test classroom materials for the ability to hold charge.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Sticky Static
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Magic Magnets

What You Do:

Learn about electrons in magnetic materials.

Explore properties of magnets and magnetic fields.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Sticky Static, Circular Circuits