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The Kid Should See This, The Royal Society of Chemistry


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 55 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Articles and Websites

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Take Charge: RSC's Global Battery Experiment

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  • This video and activity challenge students to build their own batteries out of coins and compare the performance of batteries made with different materials.
  • The resource teaches students the importance of innovative battery technology to move away from fossil fuels and store energy from renewable power sources.
Teaching Tips


  • The simple activity of creating a battery can inspire students to solve problems through engineering and innovation.
  • This video has a positive and hopeful tone in finding solutions for climate change through renewable energy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the difference between renewable energy sources and fossil fuels.
  • Students should be familiar with following directions in a step-by-step way to complete a design challenge.
  • Teachers should gather materials in advance including a variety of coins and LED lights.


  • Before the activity, teachers can lead students in a discussion about where energy comes from to power their favorite electronics.
  • If students do not have a background in physics, this activity can still be completed by speaking in general terms such as energy and power.
  • Other resources to explore include this video about iron flow batteries and this video about renewable energy.
Scientist Notes
The resource includes an experiment building a coin-based battery made from natural resources and how it could be modified and upscaled to drive renewable power needs for a carbon-free world. This educational tool is simple, illustrative, and perfect for the classroom.
  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
      • MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    • PS3: Energy
      • 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
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