In this activity, students construct simple electrical circuits and test a variety of materials to identify those that are good conductors and those that do not conduct electricity.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • construct simple electrical circuits to test the conductivity of liquids and solids
  • predict if a material is a good conductor and test their hypothesis
  • rank/group materials according to their conductivity.

Download the Word file (see below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need and what to do
  • discussion questions
  • student worksheets.
    Published 2 September 2010