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Specialty Spotlight: Science

Fourth graders are in the middle of an investigation into electrical circuits. Each class time is spent with bulbs, batteries, wires, and switches as we work through such fundamental concepts as series/parallel, conductivity, resistance, voltage/wattage, and electrical schematic diagrams.

This is an area of intense interest to nearly all the students, some of whom are pictured here sorting the Bungalow inventory of bulbs and batteries with the help of a voltmeter and a DC power source.

By the simple act of assembling and taking apart diagrammed circuits, they’re developing a working understanding of what’s required for an electrical system to function.

Soon, they will be challenged to create flashlights of their own design, incorporating many of the skills they’ve learned during these lessons.

Chip Edwards
Science Teacher

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