Naturally Charged

Downloadable (1 PDF - 4 pages)

Ever wonder how batteries make electricity? Using this four page PDF and some simple materials, you can make a basic voltaic battery and generate some electricity. You should be able to hear the electrical discharge through a pair of headphones connected to the battery.

After completing this 60 minute experiment, students will understand:

  • A battery changes chemical energy into electrical energy (electricity)
  • Energy can be transferred from place to place by electrical currents, sound, heat and light and can be converted from various forms of energy

Additional materials required:

  •  6 pennies
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • Warm water
  • Tape
  • Pen
  • Science notebook
  • Wire
  • Headphones
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors