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Understanding all about electricity is great for many reasons. Firstly, it is fascinating! It can also open up many career paths such as an instrument or electrical technician / engineer, electronic manufacturing and many others too. In addition, from a safety perspective, it is important to at least have a basic understanding of electricity too. See our article here on 'ELECTRICAL SAFETY'.

An understanding of electricity and electrical circuits also fosters an understanding of how things work can give a great sense of achievement when doing a successful experiment.

There is a great deal to learn about with electricity but once you have mastered the basics you'll find that there are a lot of fun activities that you can try. Bear in mind that Safety is paramount with electricity and you should never do things unless you have a good grasp of the theory, are supervised or have reached a certain level of competency. Also, don't assume it is only high voltages that are dangerous, even a 9 Volt battery has killed people before now by being used incorrectly.

Some of the games, activities and training modules are extremely interactive and should give you a good basic understanding of electricity and how it works.

It goes without saying that every country has its own electrical standards (e.g. wire colours, domestic voltages etc.) and these differ sometimes significantly. But the basic principles are universal and understanding general principles is the most important aspect to learn.

 

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"Energy Saving Video" by Sesame Street for young children ages 3 - 5

"Energy Saving Video" by Sesame Street for young children

Learn the benefits of turning lights off and not wasting electricity. It's always better to learn how to live a....Read More

 


"Mains Electricity" game and worksheet ages 5 - 7

"Mains Electricity" game and worksheet

Choose the objects that use mains electricity to create heat, light, pictures or sound. Some items are battery operated and don't run off the mains electricity supply. Others don't use electricity at all. Can you find the ones that use mains electricity? The Worksheet shows some electrical safety issues where....Read More

 


"Using Electricity" Activity ages 6 - 7

"Using Electricity" Activity

In the electric circuit you can add things (e.g. wire, motor, a light bulb, or batteries of different orientation) to see if they light up the existing bulb. Experiment and see what works! Then replace the bulb with the motor and see if you....Read More

 


"UK Power Networks" revision notes ages 7 - 11

"UK Power Networks" revision notes

Some extremely useful notes regarding the definition of electricity, conduction and insulation, how to use it safely and how it reaches your home or school. The dangers of electricity are also....Read More

 


"Circuits and Conductors" Activity ages 8 - 9

"Circuits and Conductors" Activity

In this electrical circuit, which is already provided with a battery, you can try certain items (e.g. a coin, wire, rubber, key, chalk, cork, a light bulb or a plastic duck) to see if they light up the existing light bulb. Add a second bulb and see what happens to the brightness of the bulbs. Then try to use two batteries and one bulb....Read More

 


"Electrical Hazards' Spotting" activity ages 8 - 14

"Electrical Hazards' Spotting" activity

Survey this scenario which has lots of electrical hazards waiting for you to find. You can zoom in and out of on any part of the picture. Click on anything you think might be dangerous electrically. For example, you get to explore inside a home, around a railway....Read More

 


"Socket Overload Calculator" activity ages 8 - 13

"Socket Overload Calculator" activity

Follow the advice on using extension sockets and adaptors and when it is safe to plug more items into one. When you have read and understood the advice, load up the 'socket overload calculator' which allows you to plug in various electrical loads and gives you an idea of whether the socket is overloaded....Read More

 


"Silicon Spies" activity ages 8 - 11

"Silicon Spies" activity

The activity explains Dr. Volt's evil plan to plunge the city into darkness. You need to use the knowledge of some of your friends (AC/DC, Di Ode, Buzz, Max Wells and CHIP). Train all of your....Read More

 


"Electricity" Revision Notes ages 8 - 12

"Electricity" Revision Notes

The Revision Notes explain all about electricity in our lives (it explains how a power station works and the environmental challenges of them plus alternative methods of making electricity), simple circuits (places where these are used including small motors), building circuits (where circuits are found e.g. in cars,....Read More

 


"MI High Electrical Circuits Game" ages 9 - 11

"MI High Electrical Circuits Game"

Recover Oscar's camera in this electrical circuits game. Place electrical items into the circuit to disrupt the power to the "Gnome eyes" and grab the camera! Read the notes....Read More

 


"Learning Circuits" Game ages 9 - 12

"Learning Circuits" Game

A cool online game to learn all about electrical circuits. Includes electricity basics, simple circuits, circuit diagrams, switches, changing circuits....Read More

 


"Build Electrical Circuits" activity ages 9 - 14

"Build Electrical Circuits" activity

In this activity, the first thing to decide is whether you want to design a series electrical circuit or a parallel electrical circuit. Then choose from one of the three electrical circuit board templates provided. After that you can add electrical components to see if you can get a motor spinning, light a lamp or sound a buzzer.....Read More

 


"Electrical Conductors Game" ages 9 - 11

"Electrical Conductors Game"

When Steve decides to go swimming with electric eels, you need to choose the materials that can prevent him from getting an electric shock! This will teach you all about electrical....Read More

 


"Changing Circuits" Activity ages 10 - 11

"Changing Circuits" Activity

You need to try to make a proper electrical circuit with two dimly lit bulbs that is capable of being turned off and on easily. You can switch between diagram mode and model mode to try and understand electrical representations on a diagram. Then make a circuit with a very brightly lit bulb that can be easily turned on and off. Then....Read More

 


"Electricity To Your House" activity ages 11 - 14

"Electricity To Your House" activity

Can you build a complete network grid from scratch? With this activity you can and will! Choose power stations, electrical pylons or underground cable systems, substations, cities and houses. See where the high voltage changes to low voltage. Remember low voltage is classed as less than 1000V but mains voltage is....Read More

 


"UK Power Quiz" ages 11 - 14

"UK Power Quiz"

In this Quiz you only get points for answering a question correctly first time. Also you cannot move onto the next question unless you have answered correctly. Answer the 10 questions by choosing one of the three multiple choice answers. Some of the questions are: 'How does a fuse work?', 'What is an electrical conductor?', 'What is....Read More

 


"Power Networks in the UK" notes ages 11 - 14

"Power Networks in the UK" notes

Some wonderful revision notes regarding safe electricity use, the dangers of electricity, circuitry (including information on types of circuit, measuring current, controlling current, voltage, fuses and circuit breakers) and....Read More

 


"Electrical Appliances : Energy & Efficiency" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Electrical Appliances : Energy & Efficiency" Revision Notes

Calculations for how much electrical energy an appliance will use and how much it....Read More

 


" Mains Electricity - Generating Electricity" activity ages 11 - 16

" Mains Electricity  - Generating Electricity" activity

How Electricity is generated from different sources e.g. fossil fuels, nuclear power stations, wind turbines, water energy, geothermal energy and solar energy. Plus how it....Read More

 


" Electricity - Static Electricity" activity ages 11 - 16

" Electricity - Static Electricity" activity

How Static Electricity works. A great interactive video that shows you how static electricity works and is made. It's all about electrons and....Read More

 


"Electricity - Current and voltage in electrical circuits" activity ages 11 - 16

"Electricity  - Current and voltage in electrical circuits" activity

A great instructive interactive video showing how current changes in series circuits and in parallel circuits, cells and batteries, and using....Read More

 


"Electricity - Resistance in electrical circuits" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Electricity  - Resistance in electrical circuits" Revision Notes

Animated tutorial showing how resistance in electrical circuit works. For example thinner wire has more resistance than thicker wire. The standard V=IR equation (volts = amps x ohms)....Read More

 


"Electricity - Charge, current and power" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Electricity  - Charge, current and power" Revision Notes

Energy losses due to heat, energy saving lamps explained, how to calculate electrical power and some calculations and how to work out fuse ratings. Energy transfer relationship....Read More

 


"Generating and Transmitting Electricity - Producing Electricity" activity ages 11 - 16

"Generating and Transmitting Electricity  - Producing Electricity" activity

All about alternating current and direct current and the difference between them. How to read an oscilloscope. How induction works with a magnet and coil and how to improve induced current. How dynamos work with the classic bicycle dynamo shown as an example. Large scale electricity generation with generators including....Read More

 


"Generating and Transmitting Electricity - Transmitting Electricity" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Generating and Transmitting Electricity  - Transmitting Electricity" Revision Notes

In these Revision Notes, you learn how electricity is transmitted in the UK using step up and step down transformers. It is also explained why heat losses are less at a higher voltage (lower current) and....Read More

 


"Generating and Transmitting Electricity - Electrical Quantities" Revision notes ages 11 - 16

"Generating and Transmitting Electricity  - Electrical Quantities" Revision notes

In these Revision Notes, you learn how to measure current in amperes using an ammeter by connecting in series with the load. Also described is how to measure voltage by connecting a volt meter in parallel with the load. The relationship between power, voltage and current is given. Then the Notes describe how electricity bills are worked....Read More

 


"Static and Current Electricity - Static Electricity" activity ages 11 - 16

"Static and Current Electricity  - Static Electricity" activity

All about materials that gain or lose electrons to become electrically charged and then discharge that energy to earth. This can cause electric shocks or even ignite a flammable atmosphere and be a major safety hazard. Lightening is....Read More

 


"Static and Current Electricity - Electric Current" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Static and Current Electricity  - Electric Current" Revision Notes

A flow of electrical charge is defined as an electrical current and this topic shows how electrical circuits work. Also described is how costs of electricity are made up and also the difference between AC....Read More

 


"Controlling and Using Electric Current - Circuits" activity ages 11 - 16

"Controlling and Using Electric Current  - Circuits" activity

This section describes how electrical diagrams are represented by Circuit Diagrams utilising standardised electrical symbols which represent electrical components and hardware. The difference between a circuit wired up in series and in parallel....Read More

 


"Controlling and Using Electric Current - Resistance" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Controlling and Using Electric Current  - Resistance" Revision Notes

The meaning of electrical resistance is explained with examples and formulae (e.g. voltage = current x resistance). The use of a variable resistor is....Read More

 


"Radiation for Life - Sparks" activity ages 11 - 16

"Radiation for Life  - Sparks" activity

This unit is the same as static electricity, whereby sparks can be generated from sources of static causing either electric shock or....Read More

 


"Radiation for Life - Use of Electrostatic Precipitators" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Radiation for Life  - Use of Electrostatic Precipitators" Revision Notes

How environmental improvements are made to chimney flues by using electrostatic precipitators which charge the dust/smoke particles and capture them on collecting plates. This technology is sometimes heavily relied upon in....Read More

 


"Radiation for Life - Safe Electricals" activity ages 11 - 16

"Radiation for Life  - Safe Electricals" activity

Covers the basics of earthing, short circuits, open circuits, cables, plugs, double insulation, fuses, circuit....Read More

 


"Electricity For Gadgets" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Electricity For Gadgets" Revision Notes

This includes sections on resisting (rheostats, ohm's law, ohmic conductors and non-ohmic conductors), motors (magnetic fields and wires, solenoids and DC electric motors), generating (dynamo effect, ac generator and power stations), transforming (transformers and power loss) and charging (diodes,....Read More

 


"Sustainable Energy - Generating Electricity" activity ages 11 - 16

"Sustainable Energy  - Generating Electricity" activity

Different ways to generate electricity on a large scale and some basic advantages and disadvantages of each. Differences between renewable energy sources and non-renewable.....Read More

 


"Electric Circuits - Electric Current" activity ages 11 - 16

"Electric Circuits  - Electric Current" activity

This activity shows how electrical circuits work in terms of electron transfers. The activity explains electrostatics and charging of objects and how they attract and repel each other. The uses of an electrostatic precipitator in power stations and a photocopier are explained. The Revision Notes explain about charging an insulator,....Read More

 


"Electric Circuits - Size of a Current" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Electric Circuits  - Size of a Current" Revision Notes

These Revision Notes explain how to calculate resistance in an electrical circuit. They also describe how resistance can change in lamp filaments due to heat. It is mentioned that diodes and thermistors are also....Read More

 


"Electric Circuits - Parallel and Series Circuits"activity ages 11 - 16

"Electric Circuits  - Parallel and Series Circuits"activity

This activity lists some of the key circuit symbols that are in use and how to represent an electrical circuit on paper. It also describes how and why to connect in series or parallel and the implications of doing so. The need to measure current in series with a....Read More

 


"Electric Circuits - Mains Electricity" activity ages 11 - 16

"Electric Circuits  - Mains Electricity" activity

The activity asserts that electricity is made with a coil of wire and a magnet. This is explained showing how induction is used to generate electric on a bicycle's dynamo. There is a very short inbuilt quiz too. The Revision Notes describe all about electromagnetic induction, generators, how to make AC....Read More

 


"Electricity - Household Electricity" activity ages 14 - 16

"Electricity  - Household Electricity" activity

How to wire a UK Plug (3 wire live, neutral and earth), which wires are what colour and what the earth cable does. Note this is very....Read More

 

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