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360Science™ blends the best of student-engaging digital content with easily adaptable hands-on labs to offer your students a uniquely comprehensive learning experience.
In this lab experience, students build two cells from a few simple materials, identify which cell is electrolytic and which cell is galvanic. An illuminated LED indicates successful completion of the activity! Editable, differentiated instructions range from a time-sensitive prescriptive lab to full open inquiry, and robust online videos and content—including a virtual reality (VR) simulation—help students prepare for and better understand the labs they’re conducting.
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360Science™: Make Your Own Tiny Battery
Concepts: Half-cell reaction, voltaic vs. electrolytic cell, oxidation–reduction reaction standard-reduction potential
Outcomes: Students build a handheld voltaic cell in this lab and make connections to thermodynamically favored reactions. They expand on their knowledge of these reactions by exploring the voltaic cell’s various parts such as the cathode, anode and salt bridge. Students carry out an investigation to build a handheld battery from a few simple materials while gaining a wealth of knowledge about batteries in our everyday lives. Students also apply their knowledge to electrolytic cells and make comparisons with the voltaic cell built in their experiment.
Associated Phenomena: Batteries
Our 1-year option provides access to all digital content for one year plus lab supplies for a single class of 30 students. Our 3-year option extends access to digital content to three years, with a 30% discount on refill supply kits years 2 and 3.
What is Flinn 360Science™?
We’re introducing a whole new way to teach experiential science! We’ve taken a hard look at science study from all perspectives and, thanks to the feedback of thousands of teachers nationwide, we’ve created a way to make it easier to provide personalized instruction while delivering the kind of lab experiences your students truly need.
Our new and comprehensive learning solutions are designed to bring science to life by giving you all the tools you need to incorporate more (and effective) hands-on learning in your classroom or lab. 360Science allows you to provide your students with the support they need to make real-world connections to key scientific principles and help make those abstract concepts concrete.
Every 360Science lab solves the most common challenges educators face in bringing more hands-on science to their students—from not having enough time to matching the right level of challenge for students’ abilities to providing appropriate background content, safety techniques, assessments and more.
Enable student-driven, blended learning through a unique combination of leveled lab instructions supporting prescriptive, guided- and open-inquiry lab exercises (see PDF resource for specific details) with robust digital content, such as videos and carefully curated Open Educational Resources (OER)—along with virtual reality and simulation exercises. From editable, digital instructions to assessments and alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we have everything you need to improve mastery, remove the intimidation factor and foster your students’ natural curiosity.
Materials Included in Kit:
Copper foil conductive adhesive, Cu, 12" piece, 2
Copper wire, 18-gauge, 6 feet
Copper(II) sulfate solution, CuSO4, 1 M, 500 mL
Magnesium ribbon, Mg, 6 ft, 1
Phenolphthalein solution, 1%, 100 mL
Potassium iodide, KI, 23.2 g
Sodium sulfate solution, Na2SO4, 1 M, 375 mL
Starch, soluble, 2 g
Universal indicator solution, 100 mL
Aluminum pie pans, 6
Filter paper, 4.25 cm, 100 sheets
Filter paper, 20 cm, 20 pieces
LEDs, clear, red, 12
Sandpaper, 1 (shared)
Universal indicator charts, 6
HS-PS3-3: Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
HS-PS1-2: Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
HS-PS1-7: Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.