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  • In this activity, students construct a variety of circuits that all contain a switch. The activity builds on their understanding of how electrical circuits work and the role of switches within a circuit.

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

    • understand the role of switches in circuits
    • design/construct a variety of circuits incorporating a switch for particular purposes.

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