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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 3
  2. Science and Technology
  3. Activities
  4. Designing and making a device that uses a simple electric circuit
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Designing and making a device that uses a simple electric circuit

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
Grade A Alex  
Grade B Frances   Tracy  
Grade C Ricky  

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Designing and Making, The Natural Environment

Description of activity

Students design and make a device that incorporates a simple electric circuit. They write an explanation of how their device works.

Suggested materials

9-volt batteries, electric motors, light bulbs, copper wire, sticky tape, masking tape, aluminium foil strips and paper clips.

Prior learning

This task is a small part of a Science and Technology unit of work on electrical energy that is integrated with learning in other KLAs. Students are engaging in a variety of first-hand experiences which will increase their understanding of electrical energy (electricity). At the end of the unit each student will design, make and present to the class a model that includes a simple electric circuit.


Physical Phenomena (PP S3.4)
Identifies and applies processes involved in manipulating, using and changing the form of energy.
Investigating (INV S3.7)
Conducts their own investigations and makes judgements based on the results of observing, questioning, planning, predicting, testing, collecting, recording and analysing data, and drawing conclusions.
Designing and Making (DM S3.8)
Develops and resolves a design task by planning, implementing, managing and evaluating design processes.
Using Technology (UT S3.9)
Evaluates, selects and uses a range of equipment, computer-based technology, materials and other resources to meet the requirements and constraints of investigation and design tasks.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • select and use appropriate materials and tools to construct a device using a simple electric circuit
  • explain how their device works.
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