What you'll do
Electricity is a force of nature. Where does it come from? Can we create it? How can we use it efficiently and safely? How can we harness it to do things we want to do?
Build circuits and test voltages. Learn about wiring, lighting, safety issues, and more. You may build a rocket launcher, burglar alarm, flashlight, compass, electromagnet or electric motor.
Levels of learning
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
Get started on your own
- 'Make a science bug' experiment from National 4-H (free)
- National 4-H activity books (for sale)
- Utah 4-H Planet Energy, Forces of Nature, Exploring Energy activity books (free download)
Fairs and judging
Make a display, poster or video about:
- Where does electricity come from?
- How do electric motors work?
- How to use electricity safely
- How do families or households use electricity
- What is the difference between electricity and electronics?
- Spend a day with an electrician on the job and tell what you learned
- Help someone wire a house
- Tour your local power company
Build one of these things and be able to explain it:
- a circuit display
- solar panels to run something useful
- flashlight or trouble light
- extension cord
- an intruder alarm, amplifier, or rocket launcher
- an educational display on an electrical theory or principle
Future study and careers
Electricians learn on the job or study in a technical school. They learn to safely install electricity into buildings. You could study electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota.
Reviewed in 2018