This educational version of the popular Snap Circuits product is a tool for opening the exciting world of electronics. Following the Learn by Doing concept, electronics will be easy for students to understand by using Snap Circuits to build circuits as they learn about them. The Student Guide emphasizes the practical applications of electronics, without bogging down in mathematics. This course is as much about science as it is about electronics.
Why should students learn about electronics? Electronics plays an important and increasing role in their everyday lives, and so some basic knowledge of it is good for all of them. Learning about it teaches how to do scientific investigation, and the projects develop basic skills needed in today's world.
This product is intended for use at grades 4-12 in elementary, middle, and high schools. The only prerequisite is basic reading skills, however the material in the later chapters may not be suitable for or of interest to all students at the lower grade levels.
This course may be easily broken into several parts. Chapters 1-3 teach the basic electricity knowledge that everyone needs, this would be excellent for all students. Chapters 4-8 are an introduction to electronics covering topics like transistors, integrated circuits, and radio; this will stimulate a student's interest in this field.
If the students have model SC-100R then they have one project manual and the parts needed to build all the circuits referenced in the SC-100R Student Guide. If the students have model SC-300R then they have two project manuals and the parts needed to build all the circuits referenced in chapters 1-8 of the Student Guide.
If the students have model SC-500R, then they also have a third project manual and the parts needed to build all the circuits referenced in chapters 1 -11 of the Student Guide. This expands the student's electronics knowledge with topics like meters, transformers, digital displays, and relays.
If the students have model SC-750R, then they also have a fourth project manual, a Cl-73 Computer Interface manual, and the parts needed to build all the circuits referenced in the Student Guide. This expands the student's knowledge with topics like electromagnetism and solar cells. If a personal computer is available, it can be used to show what electrical signals look like and learn about the tools used to study them.
Much of the text in all chapters is color-coded so that instructors can easily adapt the course based on the skills and interests of the students. Blue shading is the basic lesson and green shading is basic experiments. The orange-shaded boxes are more advanced material while the brown-shaded boxes are considered additional/background material, either can generally be omitted without a significant impact on the course. Chapter previews and summaries are gray-shaded, and yellow shading introduces new parts.
It is estimated that each chapter will take an average of four classroom sessions to complete, but this varies depending on the grade level of the students, the setup of the classroom/lab, how many students are working together, how much teacher instruction is involved, whether any reading is done outside of class, and the length of the sessions. Some chapters will take more or less time than others.
The table of contents in the Student Guide is the recommended curriculum to follow, it is reprinted in the teacher's guide book along with the main topics of each chapter and the circuit projects associated with each section.
Elenco was founded more than 30 years ago by 2 engineers. The core of Elenco is still their strong engineering and design skills. Their test equipment has been proven to be reliable as well as affordable. With Elenco, you learn electronics by doing electronics.
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Category: Science Kits
Format: Book (Paperback)
Publisher: Elenco Electronics
Date Published: Jan 01, 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 x 11.00 x 0.25 (in)
Weight: 3.20 oz