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Age range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D&T
  • Physics

Photovoltaic cells - Investigating circuits

Manufacture a simple circuit and integrate it into a product

The ‘Let there be light’ scheme of work involves investigating how photovoltaic cells are used and then using this technology to make a series of electronic circuits of increasing complexity. This could form the basis of a Design and Make Assignment (DMA) project in Design and Technology (D&T), with cross-curricular links with Science.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging activity in which students will investigate the photovoltaic effect by manufacturing a simple circuit and integrating it into a product, in this case a version of the popular jitterbug project.

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