About a month ago, I found a great interactive activity for learning about electric circuits. The activity is called The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits and it’s one of the most engaging and fun resources I’ve found in a long time. Best of all, it works great on a SMART Board.
The activity is extremely thorough and provides a great introduction to electric circuits for students aged 7 through 11. The Blobz Guide has five sections: What Are Circuits, Conductors and Insulators, Switches, Changing a Circuit, and Circuit Diagrams. In each section, students go through a basic information activity, a hands-on reinforcement activity, and an assessment activity. Not only does the Blobz Guide utilize solid learning principals, it’s extremely easy (and fun) to navigate.
The Blobz Guide was created by Andy Thelwell during his studies at Staffordshire University. Not surprisingly, it has received numerous awards of excellence. Here’s a great overview of his work on this project that includes a listing of the awards as well as a detailed project report that Andy wrote as part of his Blobz Guide project.
I was so excited about sharing this resource that I reached out to Andy (who is now a Senior User Experience Designer at Autodesk) to see if I could offer a downloadable version of the Blobz Guide for teachers who can’t access it via the Internet. Without hesitation, Andy agreed to provide all the files so teachers can run the activity from their local computer. This is truly what Sharing Is Caring is all about!
To download the Blobz Guide to your local computer, download this zip file and then just unzip the contents. After you unzip the file, all you need to do is double-click on the index.html file located in the folder where you unzipped the file. Of course, you can always access the Blobz Guide on the Internet.
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