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Short Circuits
Posted 02/28/2019 03:14PM

Second grade students connect in MakerLab

Second grade is electrifying!

For the past two weeks, our second grade students have been working in the MakerLab with littleBits, a system of electronic building blocks that snap together “to turn ideas into inventions.”

Founded by Ayah Bdeir in 2008, littleBits consists of small circuit boards with specific functions that snap together via magnets (no need for soldering or wiring).  These functions include light, sound, and movement, and when linked together, they create a circuit which powers whatever the young inventor has dreamed up – a doorbell, a fan, a pretend flame, even a bubble blower.  There are pre-designed patterns for the students to follow, but they are encouraged to create their own combinations as well.

As our students learn through play, they are discovering how the world is powered by circuits, which are closed loops that electrons can travel in; the loops are powered by a source of electricity, such as a battery.  Everything from automobiles to appliances to musical instruments to computers relies on circuitry.  Students also are learning that, unless the circuit is complete - making a full circle back to the electrical source - no electrons will move and there will be no power.

Take a look at some of our future electrical engineers at work!

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