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Create Your Very Own Simple Battery—Guided-Inquiry Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP9585 

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In the Create Your Very Own Simple Battery Guided-Inquiry Kit, students create their very own tiny, simple, handheld batteries while learning about electrochemistry and galvanic and electrolytic cells

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Students learn about electrochemistry and galvanic and electrolytic cells in a fun and challenging way as they create their very own tiny, simple, handheld batteries. Students will be amazed when they successfully assemble a cell using a few simple materials and dilute sulfate solutions and then see proof of electric current when the LED lights up. The experiment is in two parts and can be completed in a single 50-minute lab period. First, an introductory procedure helps students prepare their own materials for the challenge. Then, the guided-inquiry portion leads them through assembling the cell and identifying the different parts. A background section is included to provide a concise overview of electrolytic and galvanic cells, while post-lab questions solidify the activity and promote student success.


Materials Included in Kit:
Copper foil with conductive adhesive, bagged and labeled  12", 2
Copper(II) sulfate solution, 1 M, 500 mL
Sodium sulfate solution, 1 M, 375 mL
Magnesium ribbon, 6 feet
Filter paper, 4.25 cm, 100
LED, clear, red, 24
Sandpaper sheet, 9" x 11"

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Planning and carrying out investigations

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation
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
HS-PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes
HS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter
Structure and function
Cause and effect
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

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-PS1-3: Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.
HS-PS2-6: Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.
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-PS3-3: Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
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.