In this project, you will be designing and building a structure that contains electrical circuits. The structure will be built using craft sticks, cardboard and other materials, but must also be planned and built to contain at least three separate electrical circuits that are all powered by a power source. Together with the planning and building, you will also be completing schematic drawings of the circuits as well as complete calculations of the circuit components and a cost analysis of materials used and energy consumption.
Materials Some of the materials provided for you to complete this project in class include: craft sticks, glue, wire and bulbs. Additional materials are your responsibility. Throughout the project, detailed records of all materials used will be done to give accuracy of required calculations.
Requirements for Final Product
Items expected to be included in the final product are:
1. Scale drawing of your structure.
2. Structure with an overall size approximately 40 cm x 40 cm.
3. Three circuits: 1) Parallel 2) Series 3) Parallel/Series Combination.
4. Each circuit must have a switch to turn the circuit on/off, and at least three light bulbs per circuit.
5. Schematic drawing for each electric circuit.
6. Calculations (amps, volts, ohms, etc.) that show all steps.
7. Cost analysis (using a provided spreadsheet file).
8. Energy consumption calculations that show all steps. * additional items may be provided, but need to be approved in advance (and may provide extra bonus marks).
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