2nd Grade Spotlight: Mrs. Bustos's Class

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Mrs. Bustos's class learned about snap circuits.

Written By: Brynn, Emmett, Abigail, Ryder

Typed By: Mrs. Gauthier

Snap Circuits

We are in Mrs. Bustos's 2nd-grade class and we have been studying energy in science class. Snap Circuits help us understand different energies. A Snap Circuit is something that you can use if you want to engineer something or if you want to make experiments with energy.

How Do Snap Circuits Work?

A snap circuit is something you snap together to create things like a fan or electricity or music. You use a little map tray, called a grid. Then, you snap pieces on A, B, C, D, E, F, G or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 of the grid. We had a map on the screen to help us follow directions that showed us where to put the pieces to make a fan, light a lightbulb, or play music.  When the pieces were snapped together, it created a closed circuit of electrical energy. The music showed us sound energy. The fan was an example of heat energy. The light showed us an example of light energy. 

Troubleshooting

Sometimes our circuits did not work. We found out that if we put an extra piece in the sound one, it made it quieter. We also learned if our battery was not in properly it would not work. If the snaps were not snapped tight it would not work. Our partners helped us figure out what the problem was.

Final Thoughts on Snap Circuits

I think Snap Circuits are very powerful when we can build things together and we can invent things (Brynn).  If I am bored on a rainy day, I would go straight to the Snap Circuits (Emmett). Snap Circuits taught me a lot about how electricity works and how it doesn't work (Ryder). I was a bit upset that my sound was not working, but it makes me want to keep trying because I want to hear the happy birthday song (Abby). 

We all recommend Snap Circuits for 4-90-year-olds. We think they would be a great birthday present! Plus, everyone would learn about energy!

 

circuit

 

boys with circuits

 

girl with circuits