Wow your high school student with electrifying electronics at home. Our students are inundated with electronics, but how often do they get the opportunity to create their own devices? Check out this collection of electrifying activities to educate your student about the power of electricity. The materials needed for these activities are recyclable or inexpensive! Energize your future engineer with these fun at-home activities to not only learn but also create.
1. DIY Home Security System
You can create an intruder alarm system using your cell phone! Learn about home security and how alarms can be customized for our own homes. Students will be able to automate their entire home to keep it safe and secure.
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2. Light fruity
Make a battery out of some sour fruits, some wires, and pennies. Lemons work best when creating this light. The citric acid in a lemon creates energy and powers the battery. Students will learn about the positive and negative electrodes by creating this fruity circuit. When life gives you lemons, make electricity!
Further information: Mark’s Garage
3. Sunny Smartphones
Create your own solar charger for mobile phones. Discover an alternative method to charge your mobiles. Students will learn about the power of the sun and see how the sun’s rays convert sunlight into energy. This USB solar charger is an easy project that your child will be able to tackle in no time. No plugs, no problem!
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4. Play-Doh! circuits
Create electrical circuits using PlayDoh! Play-Doh! he is actually a great director. The high salt and water content is what allows PlayDoh! to conduct electricity. Learn about conductivity through the creation of conductive and non-conductive masses. This project requires no soldering, just a few batteries and the world’s favorite modeling clay.
Further information: Sparks of Science
5. The potato clock works
Use the power of potatoes to make your clock. Learn how the potato works like an electrochemical battery. Students will be able to see how the metals react to the acids inside the potato to create electrical energy to run the clock!
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6. Starstruck with LED Planetarium
Observe the stars in your own home by designing a circuit of lights and tracing the constellations. By creating a light source and mapping the constellations, students will be able to create their own planetariums to view the stars at any time of day. This activity is great for our future astronomers!
More information: Instructables
7. Automatic light controller
If you always forget to turn off the lights, you can save energy by automating your home lighting system. Light control will help you turn off the lights even when you are not at home.
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8. DrawIt gave
draw sound! Did you know that you can turn your everyday objects into musical instruments? Who knew that a pencil could be a musical instrument? Produce music with a circuit that uses conductive properties to create different sounds.
More information: Jay Silver
9. Make an electromagnet
Go back to the basics and learn about the basis of Thomas Edison’s inventions by making an electromagnet. This magnet will teach you all about the power of electrical currents. By putting this magnet together, students will learn how electromagnets are controllable and are in our everyday electronic devices!
Further Information: Deceptively Educational
10. Bottle Rockets
Find out how rockets fly and what variables affect rocket distance and flight time. Learn about basic engineering principles and apply the laws of physics to your own rocket design. This activity is an easy and inexpensive way for students to learn about basic forces, also known as vector quantities. Calling all of our future aerospace engineers to build these rockets!
Further information: Teach Engineering
11. Fan Cart
Design a Fan Cart and engage directly with Newton’s Third Law. Students will study how force and motion are correlated while watching how a motor and a candle work together to make the fan spin.
Further information: Exploratory
12. DIY Bubble Machine
Build your own bubble machine for a quick and easy electronic activity. By creating a power source, you will be popping bubbles in no time. Students will create their own motor to blow air into bubbles. Bubbles will blow continuously with this gadget.
More information: Instructables
13. Homemade Electroscope
Build a homemade electroscope so you can witness how electrons jump! Observe the electrifying power of the electrons as you transfer electrons from one surface to another. With this project, students will learn about positive and negative chargers as they detect electricity using their own electroscope.
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14. Sound Activated LED Light with Timer
This sound activated LED light with timer is an energy saving solution. Students will learn all about kinetic mechanical energy as sound waves turn a light on. This project will turn on an LED light for 45-60 seconds when it receives a double clap sound. Hear the power of sound and how it can turn on the lights!
More information: Electronics Laboratory
15. Electric Power Free Power Generator
This free electric power generator will wow your students as a rotating DC motor generates enough power to power a light. This project puts those old compact discs and water bottle caps to good use!
More information: Inform yourself
16. Electric current of salt water
Did you know that salt water is an electrical circuit? Students will learn about the conductivity of salt water and how water and electricity can sometimes work safely together. This is a great opportunity for students to make a real world connection and discover the use of desalination plants where salt is extracted from ocean water.
Further information: Teach Engineering
17. Electric generator
Build an electric generator with materials you have at home. Students will learn about the different types of DC motors and how there can be multiple ways to generate electricity.
Further information: School science experiments
18. Copper tape circuits
This activity involves a paper circuit! Students will witness the power of electricity on paper as they discover how to open and close circuits. Using copper tape, students will design different circuits and see how even a paper circuit can contain real voltage.
More information: Science Education
19. Dancing Robot
How to make a robot dance? Put some electricity on it! Students can create this dancing robot at home. No 3D printer needed. With the help of the motor and some electricity, students will create a microcontroller circuit to make their robots move to the beat of the music.
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20. Environmental Alert System
The Environmental Alert System is programmed to detect different chemicals in the air. This project is made up of a sensor system that alerts you to dangerous chemicals in the air. Think of it like a home security system, except for the air!
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