Reversing Switch & Buggy

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For School Groups


A battery's current flows in one direction. Clever arrangement of switches can reverse that direction. Construct a controller with a battery, motor and ultralight buggy which can go forward or backward. Learn wiring logic, precision, and trouble shooting.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • 4.4: Electrical and magnetic energy can be transferred and transformed.

For Families

Expand the lesson with PhET, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado. The Circuit Construction Kit coupled with Philip Kukulski's DC Circuit Challenge provide an excellent lesson on electrical basics.

Download Rev Sw Prog Info.pdf (pdf, 68.2kb)
Download Rev Sw Stu Materials.pdf (pdf, 20.4kb)
Download Rev Sw Teacher Materials.pdf (pdf, 67.5kb)

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