How can science take away our fears?


Project Overview

The students learned how to create a working circuit and were able to describe and name the components. They learned to draw a simple diagram of a circuit using the correct symbols and were able to identify electrical dangers.

How was it assessed?

We assessed the children's teamwork skills using the PBL assessment rubric and knowledge of electricity through a short knowledge test. All nightlights were effective and could be used for their intended purpose - shining a light through the darkness.


What the students say

"It felt fun because we painted them and made the backboard and I liked the project. I liked working in my team because we made sure that we didn't argue. When you make a circuit you have to be careful with it."

What skills were developed?

The children did multiple drafts of their nightlights - both the external design and internal circuit. They worked in trios so developed their team work skills such as turn taking, compromise and co-operation. To create our clay models they needed to develop their clay working skills, adding detail and texture.

What the teacher says

The children were really engaged and the book 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark' linked in perfectly with our final product. I was constantly impressed by the scientific vocabulary the children used and the grit they showed in drafting and redrafting.