The Path of Least Resistance

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Your class won't be able to resist this lesson on the path of least resistance, or rather, on conductors and insulators. Using two types of modeling dough, one that conducts and one that insulates, young electrical engineers construct circuits in order to become more acquainted with these properties. This resource is well-written, meets many national educational standards, and comes with prepared handouts to give to your class.

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Classroom Considerations

  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Teacher's procedures include photographs to clearly explain how to conduct the lesson
  • Recipes for making both types of dough are provided
  • A nicely formatted student handout includes vocabulary definitions and a procedure that contains critical thinking questions
  • Meets many Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for several grade levels
  • Hands-on activity promotes greater retention of concepts

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