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How does electricity work? Build circuits and test voltages. Learn about wiring, lighting, safety issues, and more. Activities may include building a rocket launcher, burglar alarm, flashlight, compass, electromagnet or electric motor.

boy working on electric light bulb and circuit

What you can do

Level 1: Electric Excitement 1 - Magic of Electricity

Compare insulator materials; describe effects of magnets; build a compass and electromagnet; build a flashlight and an electric motor.

Level 2: Electric Excitement 2 - Investigating Electricity

Build circuits; test voltages; build a rocket launcher and a burglar alarm

Level 3: Electric Excitement 3 - Wired for Power

Measure electrical usage; describe how to safely replace an electrical switch; determine electrical loads; evaluate light bulbs; test for electrical power.

Level 4: Electric Excitement - Entering Electronics

Describe solid state electronics; differentiate between electric and electronic; identify symbols for electrical parts; differentiate between a resistor and a capacitor; define electrical/electronic terms;

For adult leaders

Record keeping & evaluation


New to 4-H? Get involved with the Electricity Project!

Todd Mehrkens, academic technologist

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