Author:
William Allred, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
4
Tags:
  • 35-AP-05
  • 35-ap-05
  • K-5 Design Thinking
  • K-5 Engineering
  • STEM
  • k-5-design-thinking
  • k-5-engineering
  • k5engineers
  • stem
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    4th: Makey Makey your own Circuits

    4th: Makey Makey your own Circuits

    Overview

    Students will be given a Makey Makey kit, a Chromebook with the Scratch website and a choice of materials to create a circuit that will allow the students to play an in instrument.

    Instructor Directions

    Engineering design process

     

    Grade Level: 4

    Makey Makey your own Circuits

    Driving Question / ScenarioHow can you use a Makey Makey kit to build your own electric circuit with the Scratch program and a Chromebook?
    Project SummaryStudents will be given a Makey Makey kit, a Chromebook with the Scratch website and a choice of materials to create a circuit that will allow the students to play an in instrument.
    Estimated Time1-2 hours
    Materials / ResourcesMakey Makey kitChromebookScratch websiteAluminum foilPlaydoughBananas (optional)Cups of water (optional)
    Standards4.P.3.1:  Recognize the basic forms of energy (light, sound, heat, electrical, and magnetic) as the ability to cause motion or create change.
    Project Outline
    AskHow can you use a Makey Makey kit to build your own electric circuit with the Scratch program and a Chromebook?
    ImagineBrainstorm ideas of  a model that uses the Chromebooks, consumable materials and Makey Makey kits that allows you to play an instrument on the Scratch website.
    PlanDesign a model that uses the Chromebooks, consumable materials and Makey Makey kits that allows you to play an instrument on the Scratch website.
    CreateBuild your model and test your creation to determine if you created a complete circuit which allows electricity to flow and plays the instrument you selected.
    ImproveAfter you test your model, if necessary, make improvements to your design so that you can successful play your instrument using the materials provided. Another option is to add more to the Scratch program so that you can play more notes on your instrument.
    Closure / Student ReflectionsUsing a science notebook, or a reflection tool like Flipgrid, have students describe how electricity flows in a circuit including the difference between insulators and conductors. Students should also be able to describe if they created a parallel circuit or a series circuit with the materials from the lesson.  
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsN/A
    Tags (Subject, robot used, literature)Science, Makey Makey, Chromebooks, Engineering
      
      
      

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