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7th Grade

Hello Educators! Check out the lesson overview for our 7th Grade Learning Power in-class field trip on invention and innovation. Interested in us coming to your classroom? Schedule a visit!

 

Georgia Standards of Excellence

Lesson Focus: Compare inventions vs. innovations, explore innovations as they relate to electricity and demonstrate how innovations simplify tasks.

MSENGR-II-1. Students will learn the concept of invention and innovation.

a. Define related invention and innovation terms.

b. Compare invention to innovation.

d. Identify an important past invention or innovation.

 

Key Concepts:

  • Invention and Innovation
  • Electricity Usage
  • Phantom Load
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Careersin Energy

 

Class Activities

Lesson Objectives

  • Define, identify, and compare invention and innovation.
  • Describe innovations in the field of electricity generation and distribution

PART 1: INVENTION AND INNOVATION

Introduce the concepts of invention and innovation using familiar items as examples.

PART 2: TELEGRAPH TO SMARTPHONES

Materials:

  • Snap Circuits®
  • Student Handout: Morse Code
  • Student Handout: Telegraph

Purpose of Activity:

Demonstrate open and closed circuits using a button switch and a noisemaker to build a model telegraph. Explore the history and innovation of communication technology.

PART 3: SMART GRID

Materials:

  • Snap Circuits®
  • Student Handout: Smart Grid

Purpose of Activity:

Explore some innovations in the field of electricity transmission and distribution. Identify and describe Smart Grid technology

PART 4: CAREERS

Explore some career opportunities that are available at Georgia Power.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (WEBSITE ONLY):

Materials:

  • Student Handout: Thermostat Setting

Purpose of Activity:

Recognize how energy usage is impacted by daily activities. Compare periods of high usage to periods of low usage using equations.

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