Helping kids learn about electricity involves more these days than wiring a lightbulb to a battery. Today, schools encourage experimentation and innovation to engage young students in electrical engineering.
One way to provide outside the box opportunities for creativity is to provide students with LittleBits electronic modules which snap toegether with magnets to form circuits.
Using the LittleBits kits, students are building model flashlights, testing different materials for conductivity, and creating circuits. They illustrate energy transfer, conservation and loss of energy to heat.
According to Rebecca McLelland-Crawley, gifted and talented facilitator for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, the students also engineer their own projects.
The program was funded through a grant request with the district education foundation. $15000 was awarded for adding LittleBits to classrooms.
The objective is to help students solve real world problems by breaking them down into smaller problems that can be solved through engineering. Students design alternative uses for existing products, and apply problem solving skills.