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Professor Gribbly has cracked the code, and this cartoon tells the story. No child wants to sit in a classroom and read a textbook, then try to remmber those facts for long enough to pass a test. Sadly, this has been the norm in most schools for decades. But, give them a toy that is designed to teach a scientific principal and this bit of learning will last a lifetime. One of Man's greatest achievments was inspired by a toy. That's right, if it weren't for the Wright brother's Father giving them a fying toy, we might not be flying today. Click the video and see their story.

Basic Electricity Episode #1

Tune into episode #1 of Professor Gribbly's Cartoon Curriculum where he covers:

  • What is Electricity?
  • Why does Professor Gribbly prefer Snap Circuits® discovery kits?
  • Staying safe with electricity
  • Preventing damage to your toy

Tune into episode #2 of Professor Gribbly's Cartoon Curriculum where he covers:

  • What is a Circuit?
  • What is an Energy Source?
  • What are Conductors?
  • What are Loads?
  • What are Switches?
  • Why are Drawing Symbols important?

Welcome to Professor Gribbly's Cartoon Curriculum

Episodes #1 & #2 are above, but we're still working on the other 10 videos. The outline below shows what's included in the curriculum.

This 12 episode cartoon series uses Snap Circuits® discovery kits to teach the basics of electricity found in a typical middle school curriculum. It is suitable for children age 8+.  If you: homeschool, unschool, deschool, or don’t care about school these cartoons are for you. They are all about having fun with science.

Episode #1, Introduction & Electrical Safety

  • What is Electricity?
  • Why does the professor prefer Snap Circuits® discovery kits?
  • Staying Safe with Electricity
  • Preventing Damage to your Toy

Episode #2, Building a Simple Circuit

  • What is a Circuit?
  • What is an Energy Source?
  • What are Conductors?
  • What are Loads?
  • What are Switches?
  • Why are Drawing Symbols important?

Episode #3, Conductors and Insulators

  • What makes a good Conductor?
  • What is an Insulator?
  • Conductor Experiments
  • Why are both Conductors and insulators important?
  • What are Semiconductors?

Episode #4, Loads

  • Examples of Loads
  • Who is Georg Simon Ohm & what is resistance?
  • Why is a Load Important?

Episode #5, Switches

  • Momentary versus Toggle Switches
  • Parts of a Switch (contacts connections handle)

Episode #6, Electric Charge

  • Who was Ben Franklin?
  • What is Static Electricity?
  • Is Lightning Electricity?
  • Are Electric Eels real?

Episode #7, Batteries

  • What Sizes and Voltages of Batteries do we use today?
  • Who was Alessandro Volta & What is the Voltaic Pile?
  • How does a Battery produce Electricity? (cathode, anode, electrolyte)
  • What is the difference between Primary and Secondary Batteries?

Episode #8, Series and Parallel Circuits

  • What is the Difference between Series and Parallel Circuits?
  • Who were André-Marie Ampère & James Watt?
  • Place Loads in both Series and Parallel Circuits
  • Place Energy Sources in both Series and Parallel Circuits

Episode #9, Electromagnets & Magnetic Forces

  • How is Magnetism related to Electricity?
  • Who was Hans Christian Orsted?
  • Who was Michael Faraday?
  • Build an Electromagnet

Episode #10, Generators

  • What is Electromagnetic Induction?
  • Who was Thomas Edison?
  • Edison's Pearl St. Station
  • What Turns Generators? (wind, water, nuclear, coal)

Episode #11, Solar Panels

  • Who was Edmond Becquerel?
  • What is the Photovoltaic effect?

Episode #12, Where to go from here

  • History of Electricity
  • More Snap Circuits® experiments
  • DC vs AC
  • sciencetorg/electricity

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Snap Circuits® Jr.

Best First Electrical Circuit Building Toy

This is Professor Gribbly's #1 toy to discover basic electricity.

See Professor Gribblys Cartoon Curriculum, Episode #2 where his helper robots teach children to build a basic electrical circuit.

  • Includes 30 Snap-together parts that require no tools and ensures correct connections
  • Provides Students grades 2 and up (age 7+) with hands-on experience designing and building working electrical circuits
  • Instructions for over 100 projects, including working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren and much more
  • Valuable component to a rounded STEM curriculum
  • Has earned The National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products, Dr Toy Best Educational Products and is featured in Professor Gribbly's Cartoon Curriculum
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Snap Circuits® Green, Alternative Energy

Produce Your Own Renewable Energy

  • Learn about "Green Energy" options
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Squishy Circuits®

Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits, a perfect blend of play and learning! Our play dough kits, projects, and recipes teach problem solving and engineering concepts and inspire creativity and independent thinking.

The standard kit includes everything you need to get started with some more advanced Squishy Circuits projects that use LEDs, buzzers, and insulating dough!

  • 1, Battery Holder
  • 1, Piezoelectric Buzzer
  • 25, LEDs (5 each or Red, Green, White, Yellow, Blue)
  • 1, 3.5oz Container of Insulating Dough
  • 3, 3.5oz Containers of Conductive Dough (in Red, Green, and Blue)