Electricity can flow only if there is a complete circuit from the battery through wires to components and back to the battery again.
Transistor NPN A transistor amplifies current and can be used with other components to make an amplifier or switching circuit. This symbol is for a bipolar junction transistor (BJT), the type you are most likely to use at first.
Relay An electrically operated switch, for example a 9V battery circuit connected to the coil can switch an AC mains circuit. The rectangle represents the coil. NO = Normally Open, COM = Common, NC = Normally Closed.
Zener diode A zener diode can be used to maintain a fixed voltage.