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I'M SINGING IN THE RAIN

Build your own rain alarm in this simple experiment

Suitable For

Grade 7

Difficulty

3

Time Required

 <1 Week

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

Many electrical devices are used as early warning systems such as burglar alarms, electric fencing systems and many more. Don’t you think it will be useful to have an early warning system for rain to warn you to close the windows and bring in the clothes from the clothesline? In the following science experiment you will build a device that can detect rain as soon as the first drops start to fall:

Topics covered

Electrical current, Buzzer

What will I need?

  • 9-VOLT BATTERY
  • PLASTIC COATED COPPER WIRE
  • 9-VOLT BUZZER / BELL
  • CLOTHESPIN
  • EFFERVESCENT TABLETS
  • WIRE CUTTERS
  • RUBBER CEMENT

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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The power or ‘electrical energy’ stored in a battery can only be released and allowed to flow when a complete circuit is made out of wires or other ‘conductors’ that conduct electricity. In the above experiment, the electrical circuit is not complete until the prongs of the clothes pins with the wires wrapped around it are pressed together.

When the rain drops degenerate and melt the effervescent tablet, the prongs with the wire contact pieces are pressed together, making a circular path between the battery and the bell. The current flows in a complete ‘loop’ from the battery through the ‘rain detector’ on the window sill to the buzzer and battery in your room. When the circuit is complete and the current is flowing, the buzzer sounds to warn you of the rain that started to fall!

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