Modeling Power Grids with Snap Circuits

Middle School High School
Stand-Alone Activity

Students use snap circuits to model power generation, distribution, and use in a traditional grid vs microgrid system. They use the model to develop explanations for how microgrids help keep the lights on in communities during power outages and explore some of the characteristics of microgrids that allow for integration with small-scale renewable energy sources.

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Earth Science


Environmental Science

Physical Science


Sustainable Energy Systems

Power generation, electrical circuits, alternative energy

Familiarity with electrical circuits and knowledge of the energy transformations associated with generating electricity is helpful.

Two 50-minute class periods

Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kits (1 per group, 2-4 students)