Making a Battery

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Don't be shocked when your class has a blast making their own batteries! Science scholars examine a dry cell battery, then design and construct a wet cell battery. The activity guides them through the parts of a battery, the variables that affect battery construction and performance, and design optimization.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Introduce the activity using a fun demonstration, such as a battery made from a pickle or potato
  • Challenge students to further improve their designs for entry into a science fair or other competition
Classroom Considerations
  • Incorporate safe lab procedures into the experiment by discussing the various dangers of working with both dry and wet cell batteries
  • Create well-balanced groups for the experiment, particularly in middle school classrooms
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  • Pupils take charge of the project for a well-rounded NGSS experience
  • The teacher's guide comes complete with all printable materials, safety guidelines, and pacing
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