In this project, students had the opportunity to learn about electrical wiring and 3D design. Students were tasked with putting together the inner wiring for a flashlight they designed using the CAD application Tinkercad. They were provided with LED lightbulbs, wire, electrical tape, and a switch.
At each step of the project, students were provided formative feedback about their designs by both peers and their teacher with multiple iterations involved before final printing. Skills developed during this project include:
- 3D CAD design
- Circuit assembly
- Accepting feedback
- Time management
- Care for materials
This project was originally designed to meet the requirements of a CTS course at the high school level, but could easily be adapted to meet curricular requirements of Science 9 – Electrical Principles and Technologies and Grade 5 Science – Mechanisms Using Electricity.
At the culmination of the project, students were assessed using the following rubric, which they helped design:
Special thanks to Eric Vesey for sharing this project idea!