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  • Batteries Included

    Book Chapter | August 2011

    Learners make drawing of what they think might be inside “energy balls,” small plastic spheres that light up and buzz. After investigating simple circuits using batteries, bulbs, and wires, they learn that electricity…

  • Batteries and bulbs

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    Given a flashlight battery, a flashlight bulb, and a single piece of wire, hold them together to make the bulb light. Adults have taken more than an hour to light the bulb! And yet, this is the first activity in a…

  • Battery and Lightbulb

    Book Chapter | May 2009

    The number of batteries used in this lab is determined by the type of lightbulbs that are used. A 3 V lightbulb will require two batteries. Students should perform this activity after being instructed how to use the…

  • Battery and LED

    Book Chapter | May 2009

    An LED should never be connected directly to a battery or it will be damaged. A current-limiting resistor must be attached to either leg to prevent this damage. The value of the resistor will depend on the battery that…

  • Series/Parallel Batteries

    Book Chapter | May 2009

    It is important for students to understand how resistors, capacitors, and batteries combine in series and parallel. The combination of batteries has a lot of practical applications in science competitions. This lab also…

  • Batteries, Bulbs, and Wire

    Book Chapter | June 2009

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about complete circuits involving lightbulbs. It reveals whether students recognize the pathway of electricity in a complete circuit, including its path…

  • Batteries and Bulbs: Teaching is More Than Telling

    Book Chapter | March 2010

    This activity features a simple, three-component system that can be used to explore a variety of concepts including closed versus open electrical circuits and conductors versus insulators. It also can initiate further…

  • How Does the Current in Each Battery Compare?

    Book Chapter | March 2014

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about batteries. It is designed to reveal students’ ideas about how the flow of current through a battery is affected by the type of circuit. The probe…

  • Focus on Physics: Electric Power in a Parallel Circuit With an Automobile Battery

    Journal Article | January 2019

    Bulb-battery teaching demonstration explains voltage, current, and power in parallel circuits with the aid of a common automobile battery.

  • Scope on Safety: Battery safety basics

    Journal Article | March 2010

    Batteries commonly used in flashlights and other household devices produce hydrogen gas as a product of zinc electrode corrosion. The amount of gas produced is affected by the batteries’ design and charge rate.…

  • Tech Trek: Getting students charged up about batteries

    Journal Article | October 2000

    The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s (RBRC) lesson plan entitled Charge Up to Recycle! is a nonprofit organization that recycles Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries in Canada and the United States…

  • Design-Based Science: A problem-solving experiment compares different brands of batteries

    Journal Article | March 2003

    Developing useful skills for a wide range of actual problem-solving situations involving science is one goal of design-based science. This article features a problem-solving experiment where students compare different…

  • Batteries Included ClassPack

    Class Pack | June 2013

    Using Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, Expanded 2nd Edition in your classroom is easier than ever! NSTA’s ClassPacks, each sufficient for a class of 28 students, are lesson-specific collections of materials—an unmatched…

  • What’s the Buzz?

    Journal Article | April 2021

  • It’s All About Energy!

    Journal Article | January 2021

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