How to Make a Lemon Battery

Something in your refrigerator—something you can eat—can turn chemical energy into electrical energy! Here is an intriguing video that shows how to make a lemon battery. With simple supplies, the narrator makes the battery and then explains how it works using chemistry and the make-up of atoms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • An easy experiment to replicate in class as a demonstration or for groups to complete
  • Replicate the experiment but test other electrolytes such as oranges, potatoes, limes, even energy drinks like Powerade or Gatorade
Classroom Considerations

  • Viewers should have knowledge in electrons, protons, and how atoms are reduced
Pros

  • Video is quite short, making it easy to incorporate into a lesson
  • Turning on auto-translate in settings allows viewers to watch using closed captioning in many different languages
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS