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Age Range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 0-29 mins
  • D&T
  • Physics

Identifying sensors

Identify which components can be used as electronic sensors

The role of smart sensors in our everyday lives is becoming increasingly fundamental. The Smart Sensor Communications topic focuses on what smart sensors are, how they are being used today and how they can be innovative in the future.

In this activity, the focus is on how sensors can be used to detect changes in the environment and can be used as part of a monitoring or control system.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging starter activity introducing students to the devices that can be used as part of an electrical system to monitor changes, and showing them that the characteristics of a device can vary according to changes in the environment.

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