Incorporating LEGO-like approaches of using flexible building blocks to build electronic projects has made teaching electronics to K-12 students possible and fun. With step-by-step instructions and discussions, this DIY kit is an ideal STEM and makerspace material for elementary and middle school students.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are used for a variety of applications, for example, signal indicators and decorative lights. This DIY project teaches students how to use a two-transistor circuit to control LEDs in different ways. In practice, this circuit can be used to make safety signals for bicycles or night walkers, or holiday lights such as the blinking eyes of a pumpkin. The knowledge learned through this project can be easily extended to other LED circuits.
8 or older
Materials Included in the Kit:
- No soldering is involved; all parts can be repeatedly used by different users or projects
- Based on real-world components – knowledge gained can be extended to college and beyond
- Advanced science and engineering concept made easy to understand and fun to apply
- Includes all components and instruction materials
(1) 5eBoard standard Kit; (2) All electronic components and connection wires; (3) An instruction manual (online download).
Required tools and supplies (not included):
A wire stripper/cutter; two AAA (or AA) batteries
- Level: beginning (age 8 or older)
- No soldering is involved
- Include all electronic components
- Step-by-step instructions and discussions
This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.
Suggested Science Idea(s)
Recommended for children 8+
Students can use this 5eBoard kit to make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by electric currents.
Students can use this 5eBoard kit to generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Students can use this 5eBoard kit to plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Students can use this 5eBoard kit to evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet criteria and constraints of the problem.
Students can use this 5eBoard kit to develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as either motions of particles or energy stored in fields.
Students can use this 5eBoard kit to develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric fields to illustrate the forces between objects and changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.
Students can use this 5eBoard kit to design a solution by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
The LEGO-like approaches of using flexible building blocks to build electronic projects makes it even more fun to teach electronics to students. With step-by-step instructions and discussions, this DIY kit is an ideal STEM lesson for older elementary and middle school students.
Encourage your students to use the Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for practical applications like safety signals for bicycles or blinking eyes of a Halloween pumpkin. The knowledge learned through this project can be easily extended to other LED circuits.
* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.