I have been given compensation for this post by Kia Motors, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Earlier in September, I shared with you the opportunity I had to drive the all new 2016 Kia Soul EV at The AltCar Expo in Santa Monica. It was a strange experience to sit behind the wheel of a 100% electric car and realize I did not have to put gas in it. Instead, the Kia representative had charged the vehicle at a local dealership earlier that morning. Hence, I knew right then and there, I would have to tell my son all about it!
As soon as I got home, my son asked me all sorts of questions about the Kia Soul EV, such as “What it was like to drive an electric car?”, “How was it made?”, “Who invented it?” and more. Since my son already had a rudimentary understanding of the subject, I decided to take him on a virtual field trip to dive deeper into the topic.
Top 5 Virtual Field Trips About Electricity
So here are the Top 5 Virtual Field Trips About Electricity that we watched and then discussed afterwards.
Take this virtual field trip and learn what happens before you plug in and play or flip the light switch on. Travel hundreds of miles away to the power plant and gas refinery where energy is created. Follow along as energy travels through electric lines and natural gas pipelines all the way to your house. Along the way, you will learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources, and why it’s important to use energy wisely.
During this virtual field trip, children learn how and where electricity is made. They see the whole process up close, from the early days of coal mining to today’s electrical grid.
In this cute video children learn how to make their very own electric toy car. Adult supervision is required.
The Magic School Bus – Getting Energized (Energy) Episode
During this episode of The Magic School Bus, it’s school carnival time! But the electrical cord on the class ride – the Double Trouble Wheel of Wonder – has shorted out. The kids need a different source of energy to power the Ferris wheel, and fast. Carlos’s brother, Mikey, has a clever idea: Drop rocks into one set of the double seats. The push of the falling rocks will turn the wheels. Will Mikey’s plan succeed? With trial and error, the class learns to harness nature’s energy. The Wheel of Wonder is ready to roll!
In this video an animated correspondent “Little Lee Patrick Sullivan” follows electricity from its source to the light bulb in your home, explaining different fuels, thermal power generation, transmission and the grid. Recommended for children ages 12 years old and up.
Virtual field trips are an amazing teaching tool for the 21st century. Check out SoCal Field Trips Virtual Field Trips Pinterest Board with over 200+ videos to learn why!
Happy Field Tripping!