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Lesson overview:Exploring how to control simple circuits to create more functional products

  • work confidently within a range of contexts, such as the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment
  • how more complex electrical circuits and components can be used to create functional products
  • how to program a computer to monitor changes in the environment and control their products
  • how to use learning from science to help design and make products that work
  • work confidently within a range of contexts, such as the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment
  • how more complex electrical circuits and components can be used to create functional products
  • how to program a computer to monitor changes in the environment and control their products
  • how to use learning from science to help design and make products that work

Some experience of writing and modifying a program e.g. Scratch

Understanding of the essential characteristics of a series circuit and experience of creating a battery-powered, functional, electrical product.

Reed switch, toggle switch, push-to-make switch, push-to-break switch, light dependent resistor (LDR), tilt switch, light emitting diode (LED) USB cable, wire, insulator, conductor, crocodile clip, control, microprocessor, program, system, input device, output device, function, innovative, design specification, design brief, user, purpose, exploded, isometric, prototype

Equipment Required

Computer / iPad with internet access, construction materials i.e. card, scissors, tape, paper.

Content guidance

Equipment requiring safe usage.

Supervision Level

Adult supervision recommended.