Today was a big day for my class.
We had a huge physics project due, and everyone was up in arms about how to do it. We were expected to either build an electrical circuit or demonstrate how one works. The purpose was for us to develop an understanding of fundamental electrical circuit concepts and put them into an actual working prototype or model. We also had to draw the schematics or circuitry and write up how all of the individual components work. The model could be electrical, magnetic or electromagnetic.
At first, the project seemed to me like a daunting task and a waste of time, but that soon changed as the assignment seemed to be serving its intended purpose. By forcing us to look at how a household object like a flashlight or wind-up radio actually works, I learned a lot that I didn't previously know about physics and electronics. I'm not saying I could build a generator or fix a broken motor, but I now have a much better understanding of how circuitry works and what's necessary to power many electronic devices we take for granted every day.