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Lesson overview:Introduction lesson: understanding electrical systems

  • that mechanical and electrical systems have an input, process and output
  • the correct technical vocabulary for the projects they are undertaking
  • accurately assemble, join and combine materials and components
  • use techniques that involve a number of steps
  • that mechanical and electrical systems have an input, process and output
  • the correct technical vocabulary for the projects they are undertaking
  • accurately assemble, join and combine materials and components
  • use techniques that involve a number of steps

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.