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Gel Battery Cell
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Make a real battery that will power a clock form stuff that you find round the kitchen.

Gel cell battery experiment


Experiments in the kitchen are really good fun. This experiment involves mixing salt, vinegar and jelly. Itís satisfyingly challenging, but certainly not beyond any older child / dad team. However the effort is well worth it, and unlike the typical wet cell home made battery, this design is really compact and looks and works just like the real thing. The experiment can be used as a basis for some interesting discussions about the mechanism of electricity generation and the electropotential series.
. . .We made four cells so that we could get this mechanical clock working, however, if you only want to make one or two cells you might try using them to power a simple low power LCD clock.
. . . Talk to your kids about the experiment. I donít believe in dumbing down things for children too much. They are learning machines and hungry for any interesting bits of information. As long as you use words that they understand, youíll find that kids of any age readily grasp new concepts. Discuss the experiment with your kids as you are doing it. But make sure you listen to what they are saying, when they are relaxed and having fun the things they talk about are a good window on how they are thinking and feeling.
. . . Keep any discussion about the experiment brief and to the point in hand so that they donít lose interest. Below you'll find an experimental discussion outline. This is just a few key interesting facts related to the experiment, designed to help you fire up your children's interest, and help you explain simply what's going on in the experiment if they ask.



Who discovered electricity?
Electrical effects have been known about for thousands of years, but it was an Italian physicist called Alessandro Volta, who in 1800 made the first battery, or voltaic pile, which was the first recorded device to produce a steady current. The electrical unit, volt is named after him.

Who made the first generator?
In 1831 the English scientist Michael Faraday built the first electric dynamo, which was a simple form of generator and showed that electricity could be generated mechanically rather than just chemically, which made it very useful indeed.

How does a battery work?
There are two chemicals in a battery with different amounts of electrically charged particles (electrons). One has too many and the other doesn't have enough. If they are linked together, then the electrons flow between the chemicals to even themselves out and this is the flow of electrical current. When all the electrons have evened out the battery has run out and is said to be flat.

How does a rechargeable battery work?
In a rechargeable battery the recharger uses power from the mains to push the electrons back to their original places, then when the mains power (recharger) is removed, the electrons can again flow back to even themselves out. This recharging process can be done a number times.



The dadcando Gel Cell Battery experiment project download is available in both Both A4 and US Letter size, just click on the one that you want, and will automatically download. Page three of the download has printer patterns to decorate your gel cell batteries to make them look like the real thing.

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Life is an experiment
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Do you remember when you were a kid and you mixed things up to see what would happen? When you're a kid, inquiring is what you do. In the words of Uncle Buckís nephew, "itís my job". Kids really love to experiment and are always on the look out for new information, itís how they learn so much about the world around them.

As their dad, you are the perfect person to dust off the kid in you and get down to some serious fun experimentation

Kitchen Chemistry, Crystalography, Electricity, Chromatography and truly mind bending adventures in Topology are just a few of the experiments youíll find here. Most of them have a special printer downloadable booklet that will allow you to record and keep your results.

Most of the experiments here will be covered by your children's school at one time or another, so why not give them a head start in class and get them excited about learning. But in any case doing kitchen top experiments together with your children, following easy to use plans, is incredibly rewarding for dad and kid alike.

Some of the experiments (like the Mobius Strip Experiment) will only take a few minutes, but theyíre be no less amazing and thought provoking. Others will take up the whole afternoon. And you donít have to be a chemist to do any of these experiments either. All the experiments are fully described and illustrated with easy to follow step by step instructions, and most have a few questions and answers to help you stimulate discussion. Kids love learning if theyíre interested in something, so set their imagination on fire with a science experiment; I guarantee that they will remember it until they're doing it with kids of their own.


The world is an interesting place, and you are one of the best people to show your children just how interesting it is


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