Jr. ACES: 2018 Grade 6. UNDERSTANDING MATTER AND ENERGY (A HAND'S ON APPROACH)
SESSIONS 8-10. Final Project: The Capacitor Visualizer Device
CLASS REFERENCE COMPONENTS CONCEPTS/ACTIVITIES RESEARCH WORKSHEETS

10
Nov 27

Day 7
12:15-
1:00


Assembly
The Capacitor Visualizer

9
Nov 21

Day 3
9:45-
11:30
(LONG)



Soldering
The Capacitor Visualizer
Introduction to Soldering

8
Nov 19

Day 1
10:30-
11:30

Soldering Leads
to a Switch


Orientation
The Capacitor Visualizer
N. Vassos'
The Capacitor Visualizer
Soldering Tutorial

Soldering Basics
SESSION 7. The Capacitor
CLASS REFERENCE COMPONENTS CONCEPTS/ACTIVITIES RESEARCH WORKSHEETS

7
Nov 15

Day 7
12:15-
1:00




Capacitors

Capacitors
SESSION 6. Your First Button Circuits
CLASS REFERENCE COMPONENTS CONCEPTS/ACTIVITIES RESEARCH WORKSHEETS

6
Nov 13

Day 5
8:30-
9:45



Momentary Push Button
Normally Open
(aka PBNO, SPST)



Buttons and Switches
SESSION 5. Your First LED Circuits
CLASS REFERENCE COMPONENTS CONCEPTS/ACTIVITIES RESEARCH WORKSHEETS

5
Nov 7

Day 3
9:45-
11:30
(LONG)



Breadboard Mistakes


The Waterfall Model

All About LEDs
Reading a Schematic

LED Circuit Analysis
SESSION 4. Your First (Resistor) Circuits: Series and Parallel
CLASS REFERENCE COMPONENTS CONCEPTS/ACTIVITIES RESEARCH WORKSHEETS

4
Nov 5

Day 1
1:45-2:30

DMM: Voltage
 

Voltage and Current: Ohm's Law

Frame Player:
Resistor Circuits
Distribution: 9V Battery
Battery Snap Connector




Basic Electricity


Series Resistors
and Voltage Drop

SESSION 3. Continuity and Resistance
CLASS REFERENCE COMPONENTS CONCEPTS/ACTIVITIES RESEARCH WORKSHEETS

3
Nov 1

Day 7
12:15-
1:00


DMM: Resistance
 

Resistance: Measured in Ohms (Ω)
(Cartoon)


Resistor Applet
(ROYGBIV)




Continuity and Resistors
SESSION 2. The Breadboard and the Digital Multimeter
CLASS REFERENCE COMPONENTS CONCEPTS/ACTIVITIES/SKILLS RESEARCH WORKSHEETS

2
Oct 30

Day 5
8:30-9:25



Digital Multimeter (DMM)
Continuity
  

What is a Circuit?
Falstad: A Simple LED Circuit

Distribution of Protokits



How To Use a Breadboard

Getting Acquainted with your Breadboard
SESSION 1. What is Electricity and into what Forms can it be Converted?
CLASS REFERENCE COMPONENTS CONCEPTS/ACTIVITIES/SKILLS RESEARCH WORKSHEETS

1
Oct 24

Day 1
10:30-11:30

What is an Electron?

What is Electricity?
Sources, Storage
Electrons, Charge
Electricity:
A Water Analogy



In Your View:
What is Electricity?

The Atom...

Why are static discharges
more common in winter?

Conductors and Insulators


Can Electrical Energy
be Transformed into other Forms
?


What Is Electricity?

Which direction do the electrons flow?

For our second Field Trip of the year we have been invited to visit a factory that is developing solar panels. Since this device is an integral part of our Greenhouse Project this year, early familiarity with this technology will be advantageous.
What better way is there to start the year than with a walking field trip to acquire the electronic components that we will make good use of? You'll also be aware of its location for your own personal projects.
I have no formal training in electronics or electrical engineering - I'm just really interested in this field. The knowledge and skill I have has been largely acquired over the last few years from learning alongside many talented Georgians and I look forward to expanding my capabilities by working with you this year.
Seven behaviours are asked of all ACES (for most other things I'm usually flexible):
1. Have the courage to submit only that which you are capable of.
2. Show respect at all times: For yourself, your peers, your teachers, the DES, and for adult visitors that enter our space.
3. Respect for yourself is demonstrated by looking and speaking your best. It's these little things keep the doors of opportunity open.
4. Respect for your peers can be demonstrated by showing them patience, listening and considering their opinions, and supporting their efforts to pursue their education.
5. Respect for your teachers can be demonstrated by giving them your full attention immediately upon their request for it, following their instructions as closely as possible, meeting your deadlines and, possibly the most important, not interrupting them when they are clearly working with one of your peers or addressing the class as a whole.
6. Respect for the DES includes not eating in our space, not wasting or misusing resources, leaving your work area tidy when you leave and your chair positioned under the table.
7. Respect for adult visitors that enter the DES is demonstrated by immediately ceasing what you are doing, standing and facing our guests until instructed to resume your activities.
  1. Matches will last exactly 5 minutes
  2. Two qualifying rounds (average points) will determine the initial Tournament seeding
  3. The top 8 seeds move on into the quarter-finals
  4. The Term 1 winner will play the winner of Term 2 in May to determine the Grade winner
  5. The Grade 10 winner will play one match against Mike Ciomyk to determine the 2015 School Champion
  6. Technical problems of any sort with your laptop during a match results in immediate disqualification from the match
Growing Success, p. 29
Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative, Self-Reliant Growing Success. p.11.

It is worth noting, right from the start, that assessment is a human process, conducted by and with human beings, and subject inevitably to the frailties of human judgement.
However crisp and objective we might try to make it, and however neatly quantifiable may be our "results", assessment is closer to art than science.
It is, after all, an exercise in human communication.
Knowledge: Subject-specific content acquired in each course (knowledge), and the comprehension of its meaning and significance (understanding).
Thinking: The use of critical and creative thinking skills and/or processes, as follows:
Communication: The conveying of meaning through various forms, as follows:
Application: The use of knowledge and skills to make connections within and between various contexts.