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Electricity: Overview

These sites provide basic information and an overview about electricity. Learn what electricity is, where it comes from, and what the sources of electrical energy are. There are also topics on electrical safety and electricity consumption as well as statistics. Includes lesson plans, online activities, experiments, games, and quizzes. There are also links to eThemes Resources on electrical safety, static and current electricity, and circuits, conductors, and batteries.


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Discover how to make a bulb light by placing different parts of a circuit. Then take an online quiz. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to a discussion forum.
Watch an interactive presentation about how electricity works and what function of devices are used to create electricity. Take a quiz at the end of the presentation.
Find quick information about science of electricity, electricity generation, moving electricity, and measuring electricity. Includes statistics on basic energy.
Follow links to read about interesting story of electricity.
Watch a movie about electricity and learn about different types of electricity, three parts of an electrical circuit, and how magnetic fields are created. Also, find out about the important role magnets play in creating electricity. Then take a quiz and do an activity. NOTE: Subscription is required for this site.
These sites include tips for awareness and prevention of electrical hazards. Students learn how to be safe with electricity inside and outside of their homes. Includes safety tips about lightning and power lines.
Learn about static electricity and how it works. Covers the topics of atoms, electrons and protons. Includes several illustrations, photos, animated movies, and many hands-on science experiments.
These sites explain nature of current electricity. Here kids can learn about directions of electrons' flow, differences between direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electricity, and compare current to static electricity. The sites include photos, movies, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and a link to the eThemes Resource on Static Electricity.
These sites have lots of illustrations and animations that demonstrate how electricity, circuits, and batteries work. Learn the difference between conductors and insulators. Includes suggested activities, hands-on experiments, and online quizzes. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on electrical safety.

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