Cirque du Circuit: A Unit on Electric Circuits for High School Physics
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This 8-day multimedia unit explores the fundamentals of electrical circuits in a highly interactive format for the beginning learner. Recent physics education research indicates that student outcomes improve when they are allowed to interactively explore concepts in a low-stakes environment, such as a computer model or simulation, prior to doing a hands-on lab. Within this unit, students will explore animated tutorials and online circuit simulators to promote concept-building before doing classroom labs. The labs are student-centered activities that ask learners to solve real-life problems by applying the ideas they explored with simulators and models. In the first lab, students are presented with a crisis situation and must extend their knowledge of electricity to build a working flashlight with salvage materials. In the second lab, students will build a small alarm device that can be used to keep laptops secure. The final lab introduces them to a very simple electromagnet.