Electricity

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We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to electricity, circuits, batteries, electric currents, lightning, and energy. Electricity. SCIS 1525281

See also: Inventors and inventions; Science projects and science fairs.


Electricity-science kids

Check out this site for information about circuits, lightning, batteries, and more. Enjoy fun experiments, interesting science fair projects, interactive activities, and videos.

Suggested level: primary
www.sciencekids.co.nz/electricity.html


Electricity-explain that stuff

A clear informative introduction to electricity, covering topics like static electricity, electric currents, electromagnetism, making electricity, electronics, voltage, and a timeline of historical facts.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.explainthatstuff.com/electricity.html


Energy sources

How is Electricity Made is an information resource about the creation of electricity through various energy sources. 

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.electricityforum.com/how-electricity-is-made.htm


Exploratorium

Has a range of classroom 'snacks' - activities related to electricity and magnetism such as Start your own electric flea circus! The Tinkering studio offers information on topics such as circuit boards while ExploTV offers podcasts and videos on all manner of electricity related topics.

www.exploratorium.edu


Exploring solar power

In this activity, students explore sunlight being converted into electricity and are introduced to the concept of photovoltaics – making electricity from sunlight.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Science-Stories/Harnessing-the-Sun/Exploring-solar-power


GNS Science

This New Zealand Crown Research Institute has a learning section, which includes information and resources on Geothermal Energy -what it is, exploration, extraction and using it.

Suggested level:  intermediate, secondary
www.gns.cri.nz/Home/Learning/Science-Topics/Earth-Energy


How Electricity Works
Presents an animated guide to the science of electricity and its distribution.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
https://www.saveonenergy.com/how-electricity-works/


Lightning

Includes information and safe experiments about lightning, what causes lightning, and how it is related to static electricity.

Suggested level: primary
www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-lightning.htm


Kids Zone – Electricity

What is electricity? Where does it come from? Who discovered it? These and many more questions about electricity are answered here.

Suggested level: primary
www.enwin.com/kids/electricity/


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term electricity.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


Suzy’s World

Quick simple facts about electricity.

Suggested level: primary
www.suzy.co.nz/suzysworld/Factpage.asp?FactSheet=88


EPIC

Britannica Online School Edition provides information and articles on electricity and its uses, history and production. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

When Charlie McButton lost power, by Suzanne Collins, 2005 (picture book)
Franklin’s bear, by Chris d’Lavey, 2003 (junior fiction)
Shock horror, by Kay Wilkins, 2010 (junior fiction)

Videos

Electricity – Bill Nye the science guy. Youtube. 6.49
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gixkpsrxk4Y

Energy 101. Energy and Environmental News. Youtube. 5.18
www.youtube.com/user/energynownews/videos

Create a lemon battery. ScienceOnline. Youtube. 6.47
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY9qcDCFeVI