ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Circuit Conductor Teaches Children About Electricity

Updated on March 13, 2019

Understand Electricity to Understand The World

There’s a tendency to take technology for granted and no greater proof is needed than to ask a child where electricity comes from. If they say “there” pointing to the wall outlet, you’ve a child who at least knows it doesn’t appear by magic. Which is more than you can say about adults who take this life-giver of refrigeration, heat, washers and literally hundreds of things needed for daily life for granted. Let’s not forget charging cell phones either. So rather than having your xxxx year old staring at a LCD screen and playing some so-called “educational” game, let them participate in the real world by learning just what and how electricity does its thing. Of course the best way to do this is to make it a hand-on experience, and that is exactly what Circuit Conductor is.

Circuit Conductor is safe, let’s say that first thing, because it uses batteries to generate electricity and not the mains outlet. Think of it as a board game, as a monopoly board where you make connections (rather than trying to pass GO) and learn about electrical principles through building circuits and seeing how they function. So instead of game cards and tokens the child is working with 12 different electrical function blocks and 6 specially insulated magnetic wires that create sound, light up and even have motorized functions.

Learning Through A Hands On Approach

To take the child through the various challenges, a free app with tutorials and puzzles is used to provide details and for its camera to join in on the fun through augmented reality as it provides the effects of what the circuit is accomplishing in a “real world manner. The app is able to create new images that overlay on the real ones in front of the child to augment what is being done in the “real world” in real-time. But again the app does not substitute for doing — the child is encouraged to be hands-on with the various elements of the kit and to explore moving ahead towards greater understanding.

Context and visuals are used extensively to make this all happen. So understanding how a battery is put together is done right there in front of the child, with them holding the parts and assembling it so as to make happen. The same can be said for turning on a fan in a room to cool it off, or turning on a light bulb to brighten a room that has now gone dark. In all cases, the problem solving is approached in a straightforward and non-threatening manner which doesn’t assume the child has a predilection for science, but for fun. It’s a way to make them think to solve what has been put before them. But even more importantly, it is a way to pique their interest in knowing more about the world around them and the technology that has become even more a part of daily life than it was just 15-20 years ago.

Building Circuits Is Just One Part

Circuit Conductor is all about learning to build circuits — from basic to parallel — and understanding what they do as it impacts real life. It also emphasizes a greater understanding of electricity, currents and magnets through hands-on learning for a child so as to focus their attention on a task and complete it through hand-eye coordination and by thinking creatively. In addition to the parent spending quality time with their child as they navigate through the problems, procedures and goals that need to be accomplished, it also helps the adult to remember/learn more about just what electricity is for themselves. As as a STEM (a curriculum based on education in the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics based on real-world applications), this succeeds admirably without being boring or extravagantly confusing for either the child or the adult.

Due to the app, a tablet is needed as an adjunct to the physical parts of the kit. The app is compatible with the following iOS devices — iPad mini 1 or newer, iPad Air 1&2, iPad 2 or newer, iPad Pro (9.7 or 12.9inch) — and the the Galaxy Tab S2, Google Pixel C, Moto X, Samsung S7 and S8, Huawei M2 and M3 which all use Android.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)