Raised line of a simple circuit in which the battery and the light bulb are connected with Wikki Stix.
Activity

Interactive Tactile Diagram of a Simple Circuit

Hands-on activity for students who are blind or visually impaired to be introduced to simple circuits and parallel circuits.

Students learning basic concepts related to electricity will be introduced to simple circuits and parallel circuits. This interactive tactile graphic may be used to access a student’s understanding of how electricity flows in a simple circuit.

Materials

  1. Picture of a battery and a light bulb not connected.
  2. PIAF machine (Pictures in a Flash)
  3. Wikki Stix cut into (2)  4″ pieces

Preparation

  1. Using the PIAF machine, turn a picture of a battery and a light bulb into a tactile graphic for braille students. http://www.perkinselearning.org/accessible-science/pictures-flash-piaf The picture may be simply enlarged to an appropriate size for large print students. As per the picture, the circuit should include a battery and a light bulb not connected. This picture is adapted from the FOSS Magnetism and Electricity kit.
  2.  Cut 2 pieces of Wikki Stix 4″ long for each braille student.

Procedure

  1. Students are presented with the raised line of the simple circuit and the 2 pieces of Wikki Stix.
  2. Students will connect the circuit using the Wikki Stix.  Allow 5-10 minutes as necessary depending on the students in the class.
  3. Discuss the direction of the movement of electrons.

NGSS Standards:

4th grade

Energy can also be transferred from place to place by electric currents, which can then be used locally to produce motion, sound, heat, or light. The currents may have been produced to begin with by transforming the energy of motion into electrical energy. (4-PS3-2),(4-PS3-4)

This activity was designed by Jim Clark and adapted from the FOSS Magnetism and Electricity kit.

Pictures by Ditmar Hospitál

By Laura Hospitál

Collage of interactive tactile diagram of simple circuit

Return to Accessible Science main page.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
One-eyed monster wearing a white shirt and tie holding a computer.
Activity

Monster: Note taking skills

A space camp student standing inside a full space suit smiles at the camera.
Story

Space Camp: Helping students with disabilities reach new heights

Woman surrounded by and linked to images of files, documents computer, setting gears, etc. symbolizing learning management system.
Guide

Using Blackboard Ally with low vision