Pencil Circuits: Draw a Working Series and Parallel Circuit

From the lamp on your nightstand to the complex smartphone in your pocket, electric circuits are all around us. In fact, without electricity, your body couldn’t function! In order to understand how everything from our bodies to computers work, students need to understand basic circuitry. This starts with learning how to create a closed circuit, add switches, and differentiate between series and parallel circuits. Students will use only paper, pencil, an LED, and a 9V battery to make their own circuits that will light a light emitting diode. Students are guided through their first circuit, and then prompted to draw their own circuit to build their knowledge through experimentation. The teacher will facilitate the learning by providing guiding questions to students.

Author: Andrew Kaufman

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