STEM Investigations: Create Your Own Power

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Grades 6 and up. In this activity, students will set up electrochemical cells, with each group using a different combination of materials for the anode and the cathode of the cell.

  • Students will also compare 2 different styles of cells, one using a salt bridge and one using a semipermeable membrane
  • After determining the voltage output of their cells and comparing their values to the rest of the class, students will be challenged to design an electrochemical cell that can run a small motor
  • Enough materials for 15 groups


  • Kit includes:
    • 1 L copper chloride, 1.0 M
    • 1 L magnesium chloride, 1.0M
    • 1 L iron chloride, 1.0M
    • 1 L tin (II) chloride, 1.0M
    • 1 L zinc chloride, 1.0M
    • 1 L aluminum chloride, 1.0M
    • 1 L potassium chloride, 1.0M
    • 125 copper metal foil strips
    • 125 tin foil strips
    • 125 iron metal strips
    • 125 aluminum metal strips
    • 125 zinc strips
    • 125 magnesium metal ribbon strips
    • 60 cups (5 oz.)
    • 15 ft. of dialysis tubing
    • 15 red connecting wires with alligator clips
    • 15 black connecting wires with alligator clips
    • 20 pieces of filter paper
    • 60 pipettes
    • Fifteen 3V motors
    • Teacher's guide
    • Student study guide copy-masters

Item Weight: 22
Assembly Required: false
STEAM: Circuitry & Electricity
Prop 65:
Brand: Innovating Science
Collections: STEM
Subject Areas: Physical Science, STEM


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