Lesson Focus

Lesson explores the electronics behind radio, and its impact on society. Students work in teams to build and test a radio receiver and optional transmitter from either a snap or soldering kit (depending on level and age). They review challenges encountered in the building and testing process, evaluate their results, and share observations with their class.


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Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets


Age Levels:

8 – 18

Objectives

  • Learn about engineering design and redesign
  • Learn about circuits and computers.
  • Learn about radio receivers and transmitters.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

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

  • engineering design
  • computer engineering
  • radio
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students explore how advances in radio communications have impacted society. Students work in teams to build and test a working FM radio receiver and an FM transmitter. They review challenges encountered in the building and testing process, evaluate whether they are able to both send and receive radio transmission, and share observations with their class.

Resources/Materials

  • Teacher Resource Documents
  • Student Resource Sheet
  • Student Worksheet

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.