Participants explore Green energy through this engineering design challenge to create structures for a model neighborhood using conductive and insulating dough, LEDs, and handcrank generators.
A take-home that can be sent with patrons that wish to do STEM activities at home. These at-home activities cover similar topic areas as the associated activity and could be handed out at the conclusion of a program or left on a circulation desk for patrons to take home.
|Hints for uses in your library
|Brush up on how circuits work -- and how to frame this as an open-ended exploration -- with the background resources in Related Links.
Squishy Circuits Store, LLC Quick Start Guide
Click2Science “What Do You Know About Circuits?”
Dream Big Lean and Green: Engineering Alternative Energy
Generate interest in the Family Take-Home Activity with the video, "A Liter of Light"
|National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute
[Suggest a book]
Windmills by Charlotte Hunter
Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond
Catch the Wind; Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids by Michael J Caduto
100 ways to make the world better!