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  • In this activity, students learn to draw a range of simple circuit diagrams, using specific symbols for electrical components that can be understood worldwide.

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

    • recognise, use and draw specific electrical symbols and diagrams.

    Download the Word file (see below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need and what to do
    • extension ideas
    • student worksheets
    • activity answers.

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    The article Electricity and sensors explains the basics of electric currents, circuits, conductivity and switches. Discover more about the the role of resistors in controlling the flow of electrical currents.

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    Try one or more of these activities:

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    • Challenging switches involves the construction of electrical circuits to explore the role of switches.
    • Controlling resistance explores the concept of variable resistance by using a simple electrical circuit.
      Published 2 September 2010 Referencing Hub articles
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