How Sensors Work

From the Series Connect with Electricity

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Have you ever seen lights turn on automatically when you step into a room? Or have you ever wondered how a garage door knows to not close when someone is standing beneath it? What these and countless other electronic devices have in common is a sensor. But how do sensors work? What are they used for? Discover how robotic and electronic sensors can be programmed to work as our five senses do. Learn how sensors are used to save energy, keep us safe, and sometimes make life a little more convenient!

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category STEM, STEM: Physical Science
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.2
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051090, JNF051120
Dewey 621.3815
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 900
ATOS Reading Level 6.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 183886
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Victoria G. Christensen

Victoria G. Christensen is a geologist and a hydrologist with over 20 years of experience, who writes on a variety of scientific and engineering topics for children. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota, with her husband and three great kids.

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Connect with Electricity

This highly curricular, STEM-focused series outlines how electrical components work—including circuits, batteries, LEDs, conductors, transistors, and sensors. Designed to support engineering concepts being taught in many schools, including robotics and coding,… View available downloads →