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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by N. Thornton, Dec 18, 2003.

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  1. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest


    I need some ideas for one session projects with some 6 year olds. I
    cant think of much, only those wiggly wire games where you try and get
    the loop round the bent wire or it goes bzzz.

    Maybe thats the thing to do?

    Following the one session one there might be some longer ones too.

    Regards, NT
  2. Bob Stephens

    Bob Stephens Guest

    When my daughter was little I used to keep some bar magnets lying around on
    my bench. She had an amazing amount of fun determining what was and was not
    magnetic, studying magnetic field patterns with iron filings and small
    parts etc.
  3. I don't think I was much older than that when I first started playing with
    batteries and light bulbs. If you can figure out how to connect wires while
    dealing with relatively limited manual dexterity, you can have fun with
    things like how incandescent bulbs get dimmer or brighter if you hook them
    in series, parallel, whatever. Of course, you'll blow out some bulbs if
    you're not careful...
  4. Active8

    Active8 Guest

    [This followup was posted to and a copy was
    sent to the cited author.]

    On 18 Dec 2003 13:04:08 -0800, said...
    When I was 6, I had a box of Captain Crunch with instructions on
    how to use the box to make a microphone.

    You cut a square (or close) sound hole the thickness of the box
    just below the flap

    / / |
    --------------------- | <== hole
    | | /|
    | |/
    | |

    the flap gets closed with tape

    the box lays flat and you attach aluminum foil or some conductive
    metal folded into an angle like angle iron and attach wires.

    ___________________ <== pencil lead
    | |
    __| |__ <== contacts
    ---------------------------------------- <== box

    nuff said.

    Wrap a bunch of insulated wire around a framing nail and connect it
    to a lantern battery. I used my Grandfather's ancient dry cells (2)
    which were only 1.5V IIRC. My lantern batts (the dry cells died:( )
    were 6V and didn't have those cool brass nuts to attach the wires.

    But I'm older now and still have brass nuts.

    Get one of those glass spice bottles with the plastic seal on the
    lid/plug. Put some vinegar in it. Add sodium bicarbonate, close,
    and shake if you have time.

    Weren't you ever a kid ;)

  5. Genome

    Genome Guest


    I'd go for a wiggly wire thing... I'm an old bastard and they are so knob
    off cool that I want one. Major fun and a challenge for all involved. Who
    gives a toss if there's some sort of electronics type arse in there.

    I'd fix up a base thing that goes 'buzz perling flash' and has a couple of
    terminal things that you can plug any bit of bendy stuff into it. Then I'd
    supply a basic bendy thing to plug into it.

    I'd also supply some unbent bendy things so they can bend them and plug them
    in the base thing themselves.

    Then I'd wander about the place and say things like.

    'See, when your hooky think completes the circuit to the bendy thing it goes
    buzz and lights its light. That's because the 'circuit' has been completed
    and the electrons are flowing'

    Then I'd not be offended when they said,

    'Sure, Grandad..... that's why I plugged the four millimeter pluggy thing
    into the hooky thing'.

  6. Rick

    Rick Guest

    When I was 5 or 6 I made a telegraph from a nail wrapped with wire and a
    metalic bandaid can. When you closed the switch on a 1.5V dry cell, the
    nail/wire electromagnet would flex the side of the bandaid box, making a
    popping sound. I never really learned code with it, but I wired it from my
    room to a tree "fort" in the backyard and had some secret messages I would
    send to friends.

    pretty simple to explain and construct, yet technology that changed the face
    of the world.

    I think I made an electric motor at age 7 or 8, and I got my first laser (a
    1mW HeNe) at age 9 (ok, so I was spoiled :)

  7. Ian Stirling

    Ian Stirling Guest

    5V 20A power supply, galvanised wire, nice sparklies when they touch.
    (Ensure adequate ballast resistance.)
  8. Genome

    Genome Guest

    I was being serious. You are being a poofhole.

  9. Have them build the buzzer. A coil of wire around a nail, a piece of
    tin can as the armature, and nail or screw as the contact point, all
    tacked to a piece of wood. It moves, it makes noise, it sparks (and
    tingles if you touch across the contacts while it runs and makes
    enough voltage to light a neon light) and it generates radio
    interference that can be used as a code transmitter from room to room
    by listening between AM stations with a pocket radio. Hours of fun
    and experimentation. You will get sick of hearing it before they get
    tired of playing with it.
  10. Michael

    Michael Guest

    You could use a compass next to a wire to show current flow,
  11. I read in that Ian Stirling
    Exposing the little dears to all those zinc oxide fumes! What can you be
    thinking of? (;-)

    ISTM, the batteries and laps thing is a very good idea. It's how I
    started at about that age. You can add LEDs now, of course, which adds
    greatly to the fun.
  12. Oh, you know some kids like that, too, do you.

    I told a 3-Y-O that he was holding a 'screwdriver' and he said 'Yes, a
    Philips screwdriver'.
  13. I read in that John Woodgate <
    Not 'laps' but 'lamps'. Laps are for cats and messets.
  14. Ian Stirling

    Ian Stirling Guest

    And gemstones.
  15. I read in that Ian Stirling
    And races, of course.
  16. Bob Stephens

    Bob Stephens Guest

    Not to mention Finns.
  17. I read in that Bob Stephens <[email protected]
    Those Lapps have two p's. The cold weather, you know.(;-)
  18. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest


    Well, a whole bundle of ideas - thanks to eevryonefor contributing. A
    wiggly wire thing it shall be!

    Regards, NT
  19. Active8

    Active8 Guest

    And titty dancers.
  20. YD

    YD Guest

    I too had something like that. A board with some lamps, a motor, a
    rheostat, a buzzer and some switches all interconnectable with pluggy
    and wiry things. One switch was one of those brass strip with brass
    knobs so you could actually see which way you steered the current. It
    also had a real telegraph key, for some reason it was more often
    connected to the motor.

    - YD
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