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This is a game I use quite often when explaining basic circuitry to school students. Each student gets assigned a component from an electrical circuit, then gets to his position and waits for his/her turn to reenact his part in an electrical circuit.

I will give an example of reenacting a simple switch circuit. It is a nice example to make students feel what polarity and DC means, and what is happening inside a circuit.

– one Battery
– one LED
– Switch
– Electrons (the rest of the students)

– labels for each role (you can use masking tape and eding)
– additionally: “+” and “” signs for Battery and LED. (stick them to the back of each hand)



Battery and LED go into the middle of the room and take each others hands, keeping attention at the right polarity! (Each hand is assigned with either + or – ). The moment both pairs of hands touch correctly the Electrons start to run around Battery and LED  in the right polar direction. Next: Extend the circuit with the Switch. Make sure everybody notices that the switch has no specific polarity. One the circuit of three students is closed – the Electrons start running again. When the Switch releases one of its hands – all Electrons have to stop immediately! Repeat several times – for the fun of it.


This game is inspired by an impromptu performance on “How to explain electromagnetism to a 5-year old” at the summercamp 2017, and works incredibly well. You can extend it to explaining pretty everything! E.g. use multiple LED-students to explain series and parallel connections. Or reenact a short-circuit and let the Battery-actor pretend he/she’s on fire.

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