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Another Bright Idea!

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Another Bright Idea!

In this activity on page 5 of the PDF, learners use their knowledge of energy and batteries to create homemade flashlights. Learners deconstruct a flashlight and use the parts and other everyday materials to create a new flashlight. Use this activity to help learners explore conductivity and energy.
Follow Milli's safety tips on page 10.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)

  • Flashlight
  • 2 D-cell batteries
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Plastic bottle
  • Blunt-end scissors
  • Metric ruler


  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Elements and Periodic Table
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Electronics


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


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