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Electric Program Learning Activities

Order your 2018 Project Kits

The objectives of this hands-on activity are to provide the counties with the necessary materials and instructions to complete the assembly of a small electronic kit that will also assist with promoting the Electric Program.

Youth will learn about common electronic components that make up the project circuit, how to follow a parts layout, and how to safely use soldering equipment.

About the Electric Kits

Twenty kits per county are supplied (batteries not included) at no cost and additional kits can be purchased. The requirements are the recipients must have attended a designated training session that provides the kit assembly instructions and the kit request must come from the county 4-H Agent or Program Assistant. To order the kits simply fill out the project kit request form and mail it back to Grant Ellington. Please send the request form at least one month in advance of your planned activity date.

Additional Hands-on Activities

Photo of several 4-h'ers down of the floor testing their projects to see if they are working corectly.

Photo of several 4-h'ers down of the floor testing their projects to see if they are working corectly.

Below are additional hands-on electric activities. The materials are not provided, but can be purchased from electronic hobby stores. Detailed lesson plans can be provided if needed.

Hands-On Activities

  • Electric Motor:
    4-H’ers and youth will learn how an electric motor runs and will learn about the parts of a motor through the construction of a DC motor.
  • Model Rocket:
    4-H members will learn the mechanics of building and launching a model rocket.
  • Shortwave Radio:
    The objective of this project is to understand the basics of constructing electronic circuits and how sound waves are transmitted and received over great distances.
  • Electric Hotbed:
    Youth will construct a bed to heat soil for earlier and more uniform seed germination for early plant production.
  • Flashlight:
    The objective of this project is to understand the principles of open and closed circuits and the basics of DC power.
  • Security Box:
    4-H’ers will understand the concepts of open and closed circuits.

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Photo of Grant Ellington, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Grant EllingtonExtension Associate / Specialist (919) 515-6793 grant_ellington@ncsu.eduBiological & Agricultural Engineering - NC State University
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