Electroscope by PrintableScience

This week we are featuring this 3D printable electroscope design shared on YouMagine by PrintableScience.

This object is a good example of how 3Dprinting can be utilised to create components for scientific experimentation. Students could first of all be tasked with building their own electroscope in teams using the 3D printed parts along with a glass jar, aluminium foil and glue. A video showing how the electroscope is assembled can be viewed here.

Once assembled the electroscope can be used to detect the presence and magnitude of an electric charge. Following assembly, the “Research It” activity will allow students to learn¬†more about this fascinating piece of science equipment. Students should find out how to use the electroscope and how it works, then they can perform their own experiments using the apparatus to detect electric charge. Finally students could undertake the “Explain It” activity in order to create a presentation to explain electric charge, how the electroscope can be used to detect electric charge and how it works.

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Suggested Activities

The Flexible Multipurpose Strap works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:

  • Describe It
  • Describe & Draw¬†It
  • Imagine¬†It
  • Advertise It

Download the Object of the Week Teacher Guide and accompanying resources to find out more.

About Object of the Week

“Object of the Week” is a fully resourced open-ended classroom project developed by the CREATE Education Project to¬†provide regular¬†opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing.

A series of stand-alone classroom activities have been developed to support the project. The activities allow students to:

  • use their imagination
  • develop speaking and listening skills
  • develop descriptive and creative writing skills
  • be creative
  • develop research, evaluation and presentation skills
  • explore future careers
  • learn how real life problems are solved
  • develop their own solutions

The open-ended activities are designed to be cross-curricular, for use across of range of ages/levels and weekly objects are selected to cover a range of applications and subject areas. Some objects may provide a platform for introducing or expanding on a specific topic area or as a springboard to a class project. Ideas for taking it further will be provided where applicable.

Resources include a comprehensive Teacher Guide which provides an overview of each activity and suggestions for how to deliver the activity in class. PowerPoint Interactive Classroom Activity Slides and a set of Student Worksheets are also available to support the activities. These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.

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