Light Up the Night: Additional Educator Resources

Use these resources to support your teaching of the unit: Light Up the Night: An Electrical Engineering Challenge

Educator Resources


What is Electrical Engineering?

This page provides an overview of the type of work electrical engineers do.

Aurora Stories

This NASA page provides a variety of information about auroras, including aurora forecasts and viewing tips, articles on current aurora science, and lesson plans for exploring auroras and magnetism.

Northern Lights

This page from the Northern Lights Space and Science Centre in Canada explains what the Northern Lights are, what causes them, where to view them, and the legends around them.


This website includes background information about batteries, circuits, and conductors and insulators.

Electric Circuits

This website includes several activities about electricity and electrical circuits, including a full-group activity where kids act out a circuit. It also links to several videos, including ones that explore using a lemon as a battery.



The World's Very First REAL-TIME Northern Lights Captured in 4K Ultra High Definition

This video accompanies the Special Report from India and Jacob in Adventure 4. It showcases real-time (not time-lapse) footage of the northern lights near Fairbanks, Alaska. (4:24)

Halloween Light Show 2015 - Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr)

This video features a Halloween light display with thousands of lights in the shape of singing pumpkin faces, tombstones, and hand carved pumpkins using strobes, floods, and two Matrix boards. (4:08)

Electrical Circuits - Series and Parallel - For Kids

This video demonstrates the differences between and benefits of parallel circuits and simple circuits. Additionally, it illustrates how to use symbols to represent an electric circuit. (7:16)




This National Geographic Kids article features information about the nature, geography, people, and history of Iceland.

How do Electric Circuits Work?

This short article explains how electric circuits work in kid-friendly language.



Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World

By Elizabeth Rusch. Move over, Thomas Edison! Nikola Tesla takes the spotlight in a biography of the man who pioneered modern electrical engineering—and changed the course of history. Back matter includes additional information about Tesla, scientific notes and explanations, source notes, a bibliography, and suggestions for further reading. (40 pages) Recommended for reading at 35 grade level. Publisher: Candlewick Press. ISBN: 978-0-7636-5855-7

Northern Lights

By Janet Piehl. Do you know what causes the northern lights? Where the northern lights are seen? Why the northern lights are so colorful? Read this book to discover the answers! (32 pages) Recommended for reading at K3 grade level. Publisher: Lerner Publications Company. ISBN: 978-0-8225-8832-0

National Geographic Readers: Thomas Edison

By Barbara Kramer. Learn all about Thomas Edison, one of the most important figures in American history, in this colorful, inviting, and entertaining biography. (32 pages) Recommended for reading at K3 grade level. Publisher: National Geographic. ISBN: 978-1-4263-1477-3