In this activity, students use their bodies to simulate electron flow through a circuit and discover what happens when a "wire" is disconnected in this energetic game.
Electrical energy is the energy that comes from moving electrons. In order for an electric motor to work, the electrons have to move! A circuit is the path that electricity follows. For electrons to travel (creating an electric current), a circuit must be closed. This means that there can't be any gaps or loose connections.
Electrons can only travel through materials called conductors, such as copper wires. Insulators are materials that do not let electrons flow freely, such as wood or plastic.