Exploring how to control simple circuits to create more functional products

In this lesson, we will explore how we can program a computer to control electrical systems to achieve a more functional product. We will explore how to use the micro:bit to program a simple circuit. We will also explore a range of new components to see how we can make the product react to the environment and be more functional. This lesson includes some physical activity and equipment beyond pen, paper or pencil. Please make sure your child is adequately supervised.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is a process in an electrical system?

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Q2.What part of the mechanical system would you connect the electrical circuit to?

2/3

Q3.Why do we need to control our simple circuit that included a motor as an output?

3/3

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is a process in an electrical system?

1/3

Q2.What part of the mechanical system would you connect the electrical circuit to?

2/3

Q3.Why do we need to control our simple circuit that included a motor as an output?

3/3

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Exploring how to control simple circuits to create more functional products

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Q1.What is a microprocessor?

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Q2.We can use a microprocessor to control and programme a motor to be able to do what?

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Q3.What key component did we programme when we explored using the micro:bit?

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Q4.What is the purpose of the resistor?

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Q5.What happens to the LED on a simple circuit when we increase the voltage?

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Quiz:

Exploring how to control simple circuits to create more functional products

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What is a microprocessor?

1/5

Q2.We can use a microprocessor to control and programme a motor to be able to do what?

2/5

Q3.What key component did we programme when we explored using the micro:bit?

3/5

Q4.What is the purpose of the resistor?

4/5

Q5.What happens to the LED on a simple circuit when we increase the voltage?

5/5

Lesson summary: Exploring how to control simple circuits to create more functional products

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