Save the Dinosaurs with Copper and Zinc!

Create a coat of armor for dinosaur volunteers. Young scientists explore the oxidation-reduction reaction facilitated by electric current. The result of the reaction is a dinosaur coated in copper and zinc, which leads to an understanding of the electron flow during electrolysis. The lesson is the first in a two-part series.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate during a unit on oxidation and reduction
  • Have pupils draw a diagram showing the function of the electrolysis
Classroom Considerations
  • Review the safety precautions used when working with electricity and chemicals
Pros
  • Provides an experimental procedure document for individuals to follow
  • Includes background information for both teachers and students
Cons
  • None