Fourth Grade Electricity Arcade Day
The fourth graders’ last science topic of the year was electricity. During the electricity unit, students learned about open and closed circuits and setting up series and parallel circuits with batteries, light bulbs, and switches. In connection with electricity, we watched a short video called Caine’s Arcade, about a nine-year-old boy who creates a cardboard arcade in Los Angeles. Caine’s cardboard arcade has inspired many teachers and children around the world. There is now a Global Day of Play, encouraging kids to be creative.
The fourth graders’ final project was to create and build a cardboard arcade game that also had a simple electrical component. Students could create a circuit with a buzzer that would go off when someone won their game, or set up lights that would go off when a ball hit a switch. Some students also used Snap Circuit Jr sets to play music or have a fan fly through the air.
On May 19th, the fourth graders held an Arcade Day where families and lower school students came to play their arcade games. Games ranged from a claw machine, basketball, Plinko, and ping-pong ball toss. All had a terrific time!
Check out the original Caine’s Arcade video if you have not already seen it. It is a heart-warming and inspiring story. http://cainesarcade.com/