Getting kids interested in Electrical Engineering program

Getting kids interested in Electrical Engineering I am starting an entry level program for High school students in Electrical engineering. This program is going to be run in the upcoming summer. I believe it is going to be over a course of one month in July. I would like some help from you guys. I am trying to come up with list of topics and activities to cover with them. This is what I have so far. Voltage, Resistance. Explain different components and their functions Have a few activities with the components that I will introduce. So does any one know any topics I should cover and different activities that would supplement the topics.

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gneal6 years ago
Thanks for the post. My son is really interested in electrical engineering. What kind of resources are available for a 13 year old to learn about electrical engineering, and engineering in general?
westfw9 years ago
I'd stay away from high-voltage circuits, leyden jars, tesla coils, jacob's ladders, electrostatics, and similar. While unquestionably "neat", the "danger" and "temptation factor" outweighs the relevance to modern electrical engineering.
Feel free to make as many of These blinkie boards as you want; it's a nice little board for using your basic components, learning to solder, etc. It's also a simple enough PCB to make it clear just how a PCB works...

tech-king9 years ago
on day one lay down ground rules
dont use a tesla coil. (not even a sstc) a tesla coil is a resonant inductor, and will not demnstrat coupling and filtering.
if you do high voltage, make sure evryone is well back, and keep your finger on the emergency off.
do NOT place a screw driver over a capacitor leads. impressive though it will be, you may damage the screwdriver.

capacitance: a leyden jar near a computer screen
inductance: a transformer
resistance: an led circuit
Whats a leyden jar? And why would it be near a computer screen?
"The Leyden jar is an early device for storing electric charge invented in 1745 by Pieter van Musschenbroek (1700–1748). It was the first capacitor. Leyden jars were used to conduct many early experiments in electricity."

From here:

As to why it would near the screen, couldn't tell you.
so it can absorb energy from the crt. havent you seen the instructabel where you put a leyden jar near a crt and it gives sparks? its a fun and safe way to demonstrate capacitance
I have never seen it. I want to try it now though...
go ahead. just dont touch the discharge terminals.
Ok thank you.
With voltage across any coil, any "sudden break" without proper preparation will induce a HV kick back. This could conceivably be demonstrate with a very small voltage and small coil (and a light bulb) and thus demonstrate the collapse of an induction field.
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