Giant Breadboard

Public summary: 

Explore circuit basics, different components, logic gates, speakers, buzzers and build your own heat alarms and more.

Make circuits using giant components
Useful information
Kit List: 

Giant breadboard
Selection of wooden components
Material samples
4mm banana plug wires
Spare banana plugs and components.


This experiment is in the process of being made but hopefully will be useful for a wide range of circuit based experiments. I've bought the following pieces to make up the components.
Opamps, transistors, capacitors, motors, solar panel, resistors, logic gates, timers, leds, diodes, thermistors, photoresitors, nickel wire heating element. I'd also like a dynamo for other power input but haven't got this yet and some links to electromag experiment.
Idea is playing with circuits and building things.
Plus aim could be an adder using logic gates, feedback devices using Opamps, fire alarm using themisotrs, light alarm using photresistors.
There'll also be places where you can clip in materials to see how conductive they are, I have some bits of wood, perspex, nickel, and bits we can see how conductive they are.
There's also an arduino nano which I've got and will link up if we wanted some really hardcore stuff to do.

Risk Assessment
Date risk assesment last checked: 
Tue, 01/01/2019
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Date risk assesment double checked: 
Wed, 12/12/2018
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Risk Assessment: 
Hazard Risk Likelihood Severity Overall Mitigation Likelihood Severity Overall
power from dynamo/battery/power supply Electrocution 4 2 8 Limit power supply to minimise danger 4 1 4
Heating element Burns 3 3 9 Keep power low 2 2 4
Wooden components Splinters 4 2 8 Sand it down 2 2 4
Capacitors and other components Exploding 4 3 12 don't use excessive voltage/current check health of components before using 2 3 6
Candle flame Setting things alight, or setting of fire alarms 2 5 10 supervise candle while lit, don't use near flammable things, watch people's hair 0.5 5 2.5
This experiment contains mains electrical parts, see separate risk assessment.