How do you introduce knowledge about electronics in the Home School? Well, try to find a project that the children would like to use it for. In our case, it turned out to be lighting our Barbie house and installing different types of gadgets. We got really far today, but have still got some way to go.
Testing that the lights work individually.
Preparing the wires.
Sorting out all the connections at the back, so that the front only shows the lighting and gadgets.
A very important part of learning, is to be exposed to different things. As a child, you do not know all the different possibilities there is in life. We try to expose our children to as many different areas of learning as possible. Then they will have a greater opportunity to choose for themselves what to engage in. To find out what interests them.
In the past few years there has come a lot of offers to children, regarding learning about electronics, which is more and more palatable. One of these offers is Maker Space Copenhagen. There the children can see a fusion of methods used in craftmanship fused with electronics.
On the picture above, the children could see a 3D printer and examples of what it could produce and how it worked.
On the picture is shown a selection of trash that the children could use to create new things with.
On the picture above, a dolls house was build out of cardboard and then some electronic gimmicks was applied to the house.
Often Maker Space also takes the environmentally outlook on how we consume. It is all about reusing.
At this Maker Space there also was a section on biological aspects of creating. You could for example make your own mushrooms growing kit and many other growth projects to learn about biology.
We placed a compas on a wooden board. Pulled a wire across it with a circuit breaker/push button, so we could turn on and off the power. We then pulled two more wires more than 120⁰ apart (evenly distributed), also with a circuit breaker/push button. We then pushed the buttons alternately, so that the magnetic field changed, and thereby made the compass needle turn around. This is electromagnetism, as Ørsted discovered in 1820. It is used in most electrical appliances we use every day.
We also were so lucky that my dad had a old electric motor model we could test with and examine a coil and a iron core.
We have used Arduino for many different electronic projects because it is quite easy for the children to work with the code and quickly see results. Below you can see a movie where we have made a moving picture with a 8×8 display.