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Build a Dry Cell Battery—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6925 

Price: $87.99

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With the Build a Dry Cell Battery Electrochemistry Laboratory Kit, students build a dry cell battery from household materials then investigate the battery’s electrical properties. How much electricity will your students produce?

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Generate electricity using two common materials—aluminum and air! Students build a simple dry cell battery from these household materials and then investigate the battery’s electrical properties. They may also test modifications of the battery to improve its performance. How much electricity will your students’ batteries produce? By connecting their batteries in series and parallel and measuring the changes in voltage and current, students will also learn about the properties of electric circuits. This hands-on laboratory covers a variety of topics in basic electricity and electrochemistry, and it has real-world applications. Plus, your students will love building their own working dry cell battery! Concepts covered include electrodes, oxidation–reduction reactions, voltaic cells, electric circuits, voltage and current. Includes complete instructions with sample data and answers to all questions.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Multimeters are required for quantitative measurements, and DC motors are recommended for each lab group; both are available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Aluminum foil, regular, full roll, 12" x 25 feet roll
Charcoal, Darco® G60, 500 g
Sodium chloride solution, saturated, 500 mL
Chromatography paper, sheet, 15
Connection wire with alligator clips on both ends, black, 12", 15
Connection wire with alligator clips on both ends, red, 12", 15
Paper clips, box of 100

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
HS-PS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that an electric current can produce a magnetic field and that a changing magnetic field can produce an electric current.
HS-PS3-2. Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motion of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative position of particles (objects).
HS-PS3-5. Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.