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    Boyo is very interested in electricity. He thinks he might like to be an electrician.

    i am looking for a curriculum that would teach him what electricity is, how it works, the history of our using it (eg Ben Franklin, discoveries and inventors), and gives him some hands-on stuff to do.

    Is there anything like that out there that you know of?
    Robin, wife for 22 years to a wonderful man, and mama to 20yo Belle; 18yo Kitty; 14yo Princess, and 12yo Boyo.
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    https://topscience.org/products/32-e...ity-grades-3-8

    We’ve used TOPS a lot and love it! The supplies are usually very easy to find, too!
    Wife to David for almost 42 years, mom to 9, homeschooling Abby (16). Grammy to 6 granddaughters and 2 grandsons and 2 new babies due in the spring of 19! Homeschooling since 1986, Loving FIAR since 2000.

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    Thank you, Joy. This looks very fun.

    I'm hoping to find either a whole year curriculum, or even just a whole semester. If he works on this every day, how long do you think it will take him?
    Robin, wife for 22 years to a wonderful man, and mama to 20yo Belle; 18yo Kitty; 14yo Princess, and 12yo Boyo.
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    I usually can do two books a year.
    Wife to David for almost 42 years, mom to 9, homeschooling Abby (16). Grammy to 6 granddaughters and 2 grandsons and 2 new babies due in the spring of 19! Homeschooling since 1986, Loving FIAR since 2000.

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    Nicholas has used this and loved it! He met them at our homeschool convention and convinced me to buy the Part 1 and Part 2 set as a convention special. Anyway, he started working on it right away and worked all summer on them. I think he finished both in less than a year. I'm not sure about how much history there is, but it is very hands on!

    https://www.appliedinspirations.com/

    There are smaller kits and actual curriculum. We've done the HexBug kit and then just went for the full curriculum. It's 1.5 high school credits with that 1/2 credit being a lab credit. https://www.appliedinspirations.com/...ses-curriculum

    Great customer service and a pretty quick response time! Not cheap, but we found it worth the price.

    And I see Boyo is 12, so he might not be ready quite yet, but it does say a scienc-y middle schooler can do it. Or keep it in mind in another year or two.
    Shay, wife to Rod and mom to Nathaniel(23), Benjamin(20), Nicholas(18), Rebekah(16), Julianne(11), Jonathan(8)and Joshua(4)

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    Life of Fred Physics is a good one for learning the ins and outs of circuits, etc.

    Snap Circuits- do you have any of those?
    Heather wife to Dan and embracing the independent nature of homeschooling with our fantastic four (20 ds, 18 dd, 16 ds, 13 ds).

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    We do have them. He loves them!
    Robin, wife for 22 years to a wonderful man, and mama to 20yo Belle; 18yo Kitty; 14yo Princess, and 12yo Boyo.
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    None of this is a curriculum, but my boys all love snap circuits, electronic components, etc. They are all younger that Boyo, so he might find a couple of these a bit young, but I'll still include them just in case you or anyone else is interested.

    One thing that my middle child loves and has learned a lot from (in conjunction with the next 2 resources below) is just taking old electronics apart. He then uses a 9 volt battery that has lost a lot of its charge to make some of them, like the LEDs, work. He has taken apart old VCRs, printers, kitchen appliances, an old laptop, tablet, etc.

    Adafruit does a great series of videos on electronic components. They are (slowly) working their way through the alphabet and have gotten as far as N, and have covered things like B is for Battery, C is for capacitor, N is for noise - and they go into pretty good detail for kids.

    They have also put out a free printable colouring book that includes components, ideas, and some history.

    My oldest son has this book, and has bought a breadboard and various components - sort of the next step after snap circuits.

    All of that is more about electronics than electricity. If Boyo likes snap circuits, maybe he's into that too? The only resource I have to share about electricity is a picture book - but it does a great job of showing how electricity is generated and how it gets to our house and is used by us.
    Sunshine - mom to 4dc - dd11, ds9 1/2, ds8 and ds6 1/2.

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