In this hands-on lesson, students will work in groups to construct an electromagnet. This lesson focuses energy, forms of energy, and how energy is transformed in a circuit. This lesson also can be used to address variables in an experiment, conductors and insulators, data tables and graphs, and open and closed circuits.
Students will learn about light energy including light waves with which the students will study shadows they make. They will also learn to relate certain forms of energy to real life scenarios by using illustrations. The students will learn how static electricity works and will even create some of their own in an experiment. They will also realize how light and heat energy are often involved in the same situations.