**With DISTANCE LEARNING I wasn’t able to do the hands-on electrical circuits lab with my wonderful 8th graders so I had to come up with another way for them to learn the basics. A web search brought me to this really cool VIRTUAL circuit builder that does NOT use Flash – which is awesome because Flash is no longer supported by Chrome. **

**Here’s a brief video of how this Phet interactive works. **

## Pros:

- easy to learn how to use
- can build series and parallel circuits
- there are a few different components to experiment with such as the light bulb, resistor and switch
- can experiment with how adding and subtracting components affects resistance.
- multiples of all of the components can be added, such as adding two batteries to increase voltage
- the anmeter is fun to play with!
- you can view the parts of the circuits in symbols to practice with engineering pictograms

## Cons:

- There are no particular directions so if you want to be sure your students really learn what you want you’ll need to come up directions for them.

**Don’t have time to design an activity? No sweat – use mine!**

My **worksheet **guides students in

constructing series and parallel

circuits using the Phet interactive.

No prep required – just have

students watch the video above so

they know how to attach/detach

components.