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WOW! in the Classroom

REVERSE ENGINEERING: Reverse Engineering is easily explained as working backwards - in order to best understand how something works, take the object apart. The process allows engineers to create new products and to improve existing products. Student teams will deconstruct a device as they write directions for a different group to put it back together. (Most appropriate for grades 4-10. This lesson can be adjusted in complexity for younger grade levels.)

In addition to meeting science and technology standards, this activity helps foster teamwork and communication skills.

Lesson Time: 45-60 minutes

Student Activity 1: Students will practice writing directions in reverse.

Student Activity 2: Student teams will be given a device to deconstruct, while writing directions for another group to put it back together. Teams will switch devices and follow the directions written by a different group.

Group work: Students will work in groups of 3-4 students. In order to save time, teachers are asked to create the groups before our Wizard arrives.

Energy can be transferred from one location to another or can be transformed from one form to another.
Energy can be transferred through a variety of ways.
Electricity: Movement of electrons, Current, Electric potential (voltage), Resistors, and transfer of energy
DC circuits: Ohm’s law, Series circuits, Parallel circuits, Mixed circuits, Applying conservation of charge and energy (junction and loop rules)