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Human Battery


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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Human Battery

Learners place their hands on different metals and use an ammeter to monitor the flow of electricity from one metal to another. They become part of a complete circuit, allowing electrons to flow from one metal to another. This activity gives details about how to construct a display board for learners to use.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
1 to 2 hours

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Exhibit

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • One 6 in. by 12 in. sheet of iron (Fe)
  • One 6 in. by 12 in. sheet of copper (Cu)
  • One 6 in. by 12 in. sheet of aluminum (AI)
  • One 6 in. by 12 in. sheet of zinc (Zn)
  • One micro-ammeter
  • 6 ft insulated electrical wire
  • One 1ΒΌ-ft by 3-ft wooden board
  • Heavy-duty cloth tape, 2 in. wide

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits

Informal Categories


  • Electronics
  • Science Festivals Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, ©1997

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation

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