Hello!!! Last week, the Group 1 entrepreneurs created InnBoxes! InnoBoxes are my creation for teaching students electricity, visually, in an easy, effective and fun way.
Why use InnoBoxes?
For the past couple of years we have tried to teach the basics of electricity. With the intent of doing breadboarding in the future, there was absolutely no way possible the kids, especially those in kindergarten and first grade, would be able to grasp the information and be able to apply it.
So I thought, what better way to teach the kids how to make circuits on a breadboard, than making “life size” pieces, like Legos or other blocks. I experimented trying to make the most effective, easy to use and organized way possible. Circuits with long wires are not desirable and can be very difficult to use. Visualizing circuits, like any other thing, allows for a better conceptual understanding. That is what we aimed to do and were able to do through the InnoBoxes. Now you can too!
To create the InnoBoxes you will need:
- 8 boxes
- 1 LED
- 1 Battery Clip
- 1 9V Battery
- 1 330 Ohm Resistor
- 1 Switch
- 4 Alligator Clips
- A nail or sharp object
- Make 6 boxes with a hole in the center of the left and right sides.
- In 4 of the boxes with holes, put the two ends of the alligator clips through it. Make sure majority of the wire is within the box.
- In one of the boxes with holes, place the battery inside and attach a battery clip onto it. MAKE SURE THE TWO ENDS DO NOT TOUCH EVER. Place one end through each hole. Label the positive and negative sides.
- In the last box with holes, place the two wires of the switch in the separate holes. Close the box and cut a hole on the top to allow the switch to come through.
- Take another box and make a hole only on the top. Push the LED through it, so only the head is visible. Flattened the legs of the LED. Make sure you label the positive (long leg) and the negative (short leg) sides.
- Take another box and using a needle make 2 holes in the center about 5 mm apart. Place the two ends of the resistor into the holes and flattened the legs.
- Now connect it all together. Just make sure the positive side of the battery is connected to the positive end of the LED.
This is how it should look:
How it works
When the switch is turned on, the battery starts providing power to the LED. However, the resistor regulates the amount of current that flows through the LED. This ensures the LED and other parts will not burn out.
InnoBoxes were a great beginning to our electricity unit and breadboarding. The kids had a great time making these and you will too! I cannot wait to start breadboarding and see where that takes us. Check back to see the GREAT activities we do at GGKLI’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club click here!