Transfer of Electrical Energy Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn that light transfers energy from place to place. Transfer of Electrical Energy learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
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Energy can be moved from place to place by electric currents. Electrical current transmits energy by moving electric charges. Electric charges can flow easily through materials known as conductors. Examples of conductors include metals such as copper and aluminum. Electric charges cannot flow easily through materials known as insulators. Examples of insulators include rubber, glass, and plastic.
Static electricity is an imbalance of charges in a material. Static electricity occurs naturally in nature, such as with lightning. An electric circuit is a loop of conducting material around which electric current can flow. Electric current can flow only around a closed electric circuit. Humans have designed ways for electricity to flow as current. A switch in an electric circuit can open or close the circuit. Many electric circuits use a stored energy source, such as a battery, to produce electrical energy. Devices with electric circuits can convert electrical energy into other forms of energy, such as motion, sound, heat, or light.
Sound transmits energy through vibrations in materials. Light transmits energy through electromagnetic waves. Heat transmits thermal energy from one place to another. The energy transmitted by mechanical processes, light, sound, and electrical current can be used in many common applications. In an electromagnet, the current flowing through a wire produces a temporary magnet. A simple electromagnet consists of wire connected to a battery source that is wrapped around a piece of iron. Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, and Thomas Edison made important discoveries about electricity.
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