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2014-2015
 
Table of Contents
  1. From "What is..." to Careers and Safety   4. LEGO and Snap Curcuits
       Science and Engineering,  Careers,  Safety         LEGO Builds,  Snap Circuits 
  2. What is Electricity?   5. Circuits, Projects, Fun
       What is it?,  Language of Electricity,        Circuits,  Projects,  Fun
  3. Making, Storing, and Saving Electricity   6. More Resources
       Generating,  Storing,  Saving        Doing Research,  Videos and Images,  Translate,  Misc.
       

1. From "What is..." to Careers and Safety
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power cord   Science and Engineering Basics
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1. The Science Flowchart #1 and #2 Complex Flowchart - pdf - University of California - Berkeley
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2. The Scientific Method
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3. Steps in the Scientific Method - from sciencebuddies.org
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4. The Science Checklist - pdf - University of California - Berkeley
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5. Evaluating Science Reports - pdf - University of California - Berkeley
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6. How Science Really Works - video - California Academy of Science
   
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7. The Engineering Process (from NASA)
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8. The Engineering Design Process (from Boston Museum of Science)
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9. The Engineering Design Process - from sciencebuddies.org
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10. Design, Invent: Make a Difference - STEM ideas from PBS
     
   
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1. Careers in Science - sciencebuddies.org
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2. Careers in Engineering - sciencebuddies.org
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3. Careers in Math and Computer Sciences - sciencebuddies.org
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4. Explore Careers Videos - from Career Aisle
   
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5. Discover Trades BC - Government of B.C.
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6. Skills Canada BC - from Skills Canada
   
     
     
   
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Electical Safety
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Electricity can be dangerous. Do you know the dangers and how to be safe?
 
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1. Safety at Home - from BC Hydro
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2. Ten Rules for Electrical Safety - from Alliant Energy
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3. Protect Your Electronics - from BC Hydro
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4. Electricity and Your Family and a Safety Checklist: pdf - from BC Hydro
   
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5. Track Power Outages in Your Neighbourhood - from BC Hydro
     
 
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6. Safety and Power Outages - from BC Hydro
 
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7. Dealing with Downed Power Lines - from BC Hydro
 
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8. Outdoor Safety - from BC Hydro
 
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9. Electric Safety - videos - from the Electrical Safety Authority: ESA
 
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10. Call Before You Dig - animations - from BC One Call
     
 
2. What is Electricity?
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What Is Electricity?
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1. Atoms (a review)
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2. Science Guy Atoms - Atoms - videos
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3. Electrons and Electromagnetic Energy - from Chemistry4Kids and Cosmos4Kids
   
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4. Watered Down Electricity - recommended - from Georgia Power
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5. Electricity with the Science Guy - 22 minute video - from YouTube
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6. What is Electricity - from Origin Energy Australia
   
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7. Electricity Basics - from learn kidwind.org
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8. Electricity - from Physics4Kids
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9. Electricity - from ExplainThatStuff
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10. What is Electricity - from Spark Fun Electronics
     
 
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11. History of Electricity - Ontario Power Authority
 
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12. History of Electricity - SA Power Networks, Australia
 
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13. The History of Electricity - Salem Electric Company, USA
     
 
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Language of Electricity
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1. Electricity - Glossary - from Discovery Education
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2. Glossary of Terms - from ducksters.com
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3. Glossary for Middle and High School - from Georgia Power
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4. Advanced Glossary of Terms - PDF - Institution of Technology and Engineering, UK
 
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5. Amps, Watts, Amps, Volts and Watts - videos - various sources
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6. Voltage, Current, and Power - 3.5 minute video - from AddOhms
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7. Voltage, Current, and Resistance - 9 minute video - Bozeman Science
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8. Voltage, Current, Resistance and Ohm's Law - from Spark Fun Electronics
   
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9. Electrical AC and DC, AC vs DC - videos - from AddOhms and Science Online
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10. Analog and Digital - 4 minute video - from AddOhms
     
 
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11. Ohm's Law, Hertz, - videos
 
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12. The Resistor, Transistor, Capacitor, Inductor and Current Limiting Resistors- videos - from Make and AddOhms
 
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13. The Multimeter, Electronics Tools - (Colin Cunningham) - videos - from Make
     
 
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14. Reading Schematics (playlist) Schematics explained, - videos
 
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15.Playlist - (Colin Cunningham) - videos - from Make
     
 
3. Making, Storing, and Saving Electricity
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Generating Electricity
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1. How Do We Make Electricity - from University of Manchester, England
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2. Electricity: Introduction - 2 minute video - from Idaho Public Television
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3. Energy 101: Generating Electricty - 5 minute video - YouTube
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4. From Electricity to Power Generation - 14 minute video - YouTube
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5. How 'Plants' Work - from Georgia Power
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6. Energy Basics - from Geogia Power
   
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7. Renewables - Boston Science Museum
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8. About Renewable Energy - Arena, Australia
 
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9. What is Renewable Energy? - ACORE, USA
 
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10. Renewable Energy in B.C. - Ministry of Energy
     
 
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11. Ocean Energy, Ocean, Ocean Energy - from Various Sources
 
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12. Ocean Energy in B.C. and PDF - Ministry of Energy
 
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13. Pros and Cons - EnergyInformation.org
 
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14. Tidal Power - from EnergyBC
 
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15. Water Power, Ocean Energy Review, Marine Energy 101 - videos
 
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16. Experimental and Commercial Projects: Hydro, Hydraulic Power, Dynamic - videos
 
 
 
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17. Micro Hydro Basics - MicroHydro Power Systems - from U.S. Department of Energy
 
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18. Pros and Cons - from Alternative-Energy-News.info
 
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19. Nepal Micro, Run of River (Whistler), Thailand/Burma, Micro Hydro Plant (Indonesia) - videos
     
     
    Transmission
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1. Generation to Transmission to Your Home and BC Power Facilities - BCHydro
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2. How Power Grids Work - HowStuffWorks.com
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3. Transmission: Illustrated Glossary - OSHA
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4. B.C. Bulk Transmission Map - B.C. Ministry of Energy
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5. Electricity's Journey, How the Grid Works, Understanding the Grid- videos
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6. Power Connections to a House - from HowStuffWorks.com
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7. World-Wide Map - from flosem.de (Denmark)
     
 
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8. Transmission Grid Loss - cleantechnica.com
 
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9. Using Electricity - the BBC
 
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10. Loss Around the World - the World Bank
 
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11. Corona Discharge, Power Line Inspection, Line Inspection with Drones - videos
 
 
 
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Storing Electricity
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1. Batteries Explained - from HowStuffWorks.com
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2. Battery Facts, Which to Use, Dead Batteries - from EcoKids.ca
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4. The Canadian Connection: Lewis Urry - from The Globe and Mail
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5. History of Batteries - from BatteryUniversity.com
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6. Batteries, Batteries/How They Work, How They Work - videos
   
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7. Disposing Batteries - from WikiHow.com
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8. Recycle Batteries in B.C. - from call2recycle.ca
   
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9. Supercapacitors Explained - ExplainThatStuff.com
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10. Supercapacitors, Ultracapacitors, 5 Second Charge, 30 Second Charge - videos
   
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11. TED Talks The Missing Link to Renewable Energy - Donald Sadoway
 
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12. Grid Energy Storage: Beyond Batteries - 90 minute video - vlabvideos
     
   
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    Saving Electricity
     
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1. Power Smart - from BC Hydro
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2. Twenty-Five Saving Tips - from the Ontario Power Authority
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3. How to Save Electricity - from wikihow.com
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4. Energy Saving for Houses and Townhouses and Apartments - from BCHydro
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5. Energy Efficient Lighting - David Suzuki Foundation
 
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6. Electric Personality Quiz - Ontario Power Authority
     
 
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7. Solar Cities - Dawson Creek, BC - India - Australia
 
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8. Interview with Elon Musk (Tesla) - 21 minute video - from TED Talks
     
 
 
 
4. LEGO Builds and Snap Circuits
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LEGO Builds - the Kits
LEGO windmill
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1. LEGO Kit 9686 - Resources (Simple and Powered Machines) and building instructions and parts list, and video
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2. Finding spare parts: and Brick Link - the eBay of LEGO Parts
   
Builds
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1. Renewable Energy Add-On Set - 3.5 minute video - Quick Start Guide (PDF) - from LEGO
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2. 9688 Hand Generator - 1.5 minute video - Build Instructions (PDF) - Activity Guide (PDF) - from LEGOs
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3. 9688 Solar Station - video - from LEGO
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4. NXT Robot and Solar Station - 3 minute video - NXT Activity Guide (PDF) - from LEGO
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5. 9688 Wind Turbine - video - - from LEGO
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6. NXT Robot and Wind Turbine - video - NXT Activity Guide (PDF) - from LEGO
 
7. Build Instructions - 1a, 2a, 3a, 1b, 2b, 3b, 4a, 5a, 6a, 4b, 5b, 6b, book Ii - PDF files from LEGO (slow to load)
 
 
   
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1. What Are Snap Circuits? - from eHow.com
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2. Replacement Parts - Replacements
   
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3. Projects 1-10 - 14 min video
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4. Projects 11-21 - 12 min video
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5. Projects 22-31 - 8 min video
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6. Projects 32-41 - 14 min video
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7. Projects 102-305 - and Manual Corrections for Projects 102-305 - PDFs
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8. All Projects All Kits - PDF - electronicsnapcircuits.wikia.com
 
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9. Hacks - Spin Art, Theremin, Laser Tripwire Alarm, Stoplight,
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10. Snap Circuits Repair - from HaHaBird.com
     
 
5. Circuits and Projects
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Circuits
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1. Circuits explained - from Los Angeles Office of Education
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2. Electrical Circuits and Quiz - uses European symbols - from the BBC
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3. Science Guy - video
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4. Electrical Circuit - from Simple Wikipedia
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5. Circuits 101 - from Spark Fun Electronics
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6. Current Electricity and Electric Circuits - Scholastic
   
 
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7. Circuit Construction DC, AC and DC, Battery/Resistor Circuit - from the University of Colorado

 
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8. Circuits Part1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 - videos - from the KhanAcademy

 
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9. AP Physics: Circuits - PowerPoint - by Ken Bowles
     
 
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Projects
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1. Fun and easy projects
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2. Making batteries: potato, lemon, vinegar - videos - from YouTube
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3. Build Your Own Generator: Solar, Wind, Hydro, BioGas - from GreenLearning.ca
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4. Making a Small Windmill - Playlist - from YouTube
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5. Three Servo Walking Robot - from Make
   
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6. Solder: Safety and Basics, Colin's Solder, How to Solder - videos
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7. Collin's Lab - video playlist - from Make
 
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8. Basic Electrical Projects - from Instructables.com
 
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9. Electrical and Electronics Projects - from ElectricalTechnology.org
 
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10. Engineering and Technology Projects - Science Friday
 
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11. Arduino Projects and Tutorials - from makezine.com and SparkFun.com
 
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12. Weekend Builds - playlist
 
 
 
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13. Possible Science Fair projects - from ScienceBuddies.org
 
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14. Canadian Science Science Fair: Rainfall - Raymond Wang, Piezoelectricity Explained, Homebrew Piezo - videos
 
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15. Canadian Winners Science Fair: Hollow Flashlight - Ann Makosinski, Meet Ann - videos
     
 
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Fun
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1. Energy Flows - from the UK Science Museum
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2. Electrical Circuits - from BBC
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3. Electrical Conductors - from BBC
 
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4. Electricity Games - from Woodlands School, Kent, England
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5. Electricity simulations and activities (long list) - from University of Colorado, USA
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6. Engineering games - from TryEngineering.org
   
 
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7. Wind Turbine Construction in 100 Seconds - video - Matthew Wessale
 
 
 
6. More Resources
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Doing Research
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1. How to do research: the CMS approach: see left side of page (Avi Luxenburg, Comox Valley School District, BC, Canada)
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2. The Research Process
3. The Scientific Method
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4. The Engineering Design Process (from Boston Museum of Science) and Engineering Process (from NASA)
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5. Logical Reasoning: Deductive vs Inductive Reasoning
 
Reporting Your Work
 
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2. Writing paragraphs
 
3. Writing essays
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Videos and Images
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1. The Story of Electricity - video playlist - 180 minutes
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2. History of Electricity - 44 minute video
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3. Understanding electricity - 8 minute video - by Peterson Mathew
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4. Electronics for Kids: 19 Learning Videos - from electronicsfor kids.com
   
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5. Voltage, Current, Electricity and magnetism - 11 minute video - from Eugene Khutoryansky
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6. How Electricity Works, For Beginners, and How Magnets Produce Electricity - (from the 1940s and 50s)
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7. Electri-fried circuits - 5 minute video from MIT
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8. Fridges recycled - Ontario Power Authority
   
9. Lightning 101 - from National Geographic
10. ISS Firestation - from NASA
11. Lightning from Space - from NASA
 
 
 
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12. TED Talks The Missing Link to Renewable Energy - Donald Sadoway
 
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13. TED Talks Talks How I Built a Windmill - 14 Year Old William Kamkwamba
 
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14. TED Talks A Solar Energy System That Tracks the Sun - Bill Gross (2003)
 
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15. TED Talks A 40 Year Plan for Energy - Amory Lovins
 
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16. TED Talks The Electric Rise and Fall of Nikola Tesla - Marco Tempest
     
 
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Translate  Traduisez   Traduzca  翻译  ترجم
 
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2. Google Translate
 
 
 
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Misc.
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You may find these links have interesting connections to Simple Machines.
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1. Electricity Quizzes - from BBC Schools
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2. SD#71 Robotics page
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3. How to Use a Multimeter - from Spark Fun Electronics
   
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4. Google Science Fair: Finalists 2014
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5. Google Science Fair: Previous Years
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6. Intel: Science and Engineering Fair - 2014 Finalists
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8. Science Laws: Ohms, Faraday Induction, Biot-Savart, Hertz, Hopkinson, Kirchhoff from Wikipedia
 
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9. Science Laws: Maxwell's Equations, Moore's, Nernst's Equation, Planck's from Wikipedia
 
 
 
 
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