Lesson Focus

This lesson explores LEDs and resistors and reviews the differences between parallel and series circuit design and functions.


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Student Worksheets


Age Levels:

8 – 12

Objectives

Students will:

  • Learn about LEDs, their application and history.
  • Learn about resistors and their function in electrical circuitry.
  • Learn about current flow and the operational differences between series and parallel circuits.
  • Learn to predict outcomes and draw conclusions.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • LEDs
  • Resistor functions
  • parallel and series circuits
  • circuits and current flow
  • making and testing predictions
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Expanding on understanding of simple circuits, this lesson explores LEDs and resistors and reviews the differences between parallel and series circuit design and functions.  Note: This lesson plan is designed for classroom use only, with supervision by a teacher familiar with electrical and electronic concepts.  (Note: For older or more advanced students, consider using TryEngineering’s Voltage Divider or Ohm’s Law lessons.)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.