PostedSunday, October 30, 2016 at 12:07 PM
Save the Snails challenges students to engage with energy literacy, and the understanding of where electricity we use in our daily lives comes from. In this curriculum, students design and build a light that runs on gravity alone.
The power plants that dot our landscape are black boxes to so many. Something like coal or water or uranium or natural gas goes in, and magically, electricity comes out. Black boxes can be dangerous items in science and technology if the privilege that comes with understanding the workings inside the box is held by only a few. In this curriculum, students design and build a light that runs on gravity alone. They learn about electromagnetic induction, what happens inside power plants, and how they can build their own electricity generator.
All lesson plans are included in this resource available at http://www.auburn.edu/~cgs0013/ETK/SaveTheSnailsETK.pdf
All instructions for preparing the materials are included, but a kit of materials can be purchased from STEM Teaching Kits at www.stemteachingkits.com
Save the Snails is unique and timely. Kids love it, teachers love it, and it really teaches both science AND engineering. It's been used in several research studies, and was part of a large grant from NSF to fund afterschool programs in rural Virginia. Youth and adults of all ages can benefit from this curriculum. How does coal turn into electricity? Find out! How can gravity turn into electricity? Find out!