This kit contains all the materials you need to build a simple battery using potatoes – or other produce of your choice. You will learn some of the basics of electricity and circuits: What is voltage? What is current? What is resistance? How much power can you get out of a vegetable battery?
Designed using quality, reusable electronic components, this kit enables you to conduct measurable scientific experiments. Our scientists searched for just the right copper and zinc electrodes to include in this kit. The oversized electrodes maximize the amount of current generated by each piece of produce, so you can more easily compare results from each of your tests. We have also included a multimeter so you can effectively capture the measurements needed for your science experiment.
Follow the instructions for the Science Buddies' "Potato Batteries: How to Turn Produce into Veggie Power!" project to get a basic understanding of how to set up your battery. But don’t stop there; continue exploring to figure out things like: Does a lemon make as much power as a potato? Does the freshness of the produce matter? What else can you power with produce?
Each kit contains:
3 Copper electrodes 3 Zinc electrodes 6 Alligator clip leads 1 Digital multimeter with test leads 1 Piezoelectric buzzer 3 Super bright, high-efficiency red LED
Instructions for this kit are available online, see Additional Information for links to the instructions and more.
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My son had a wonderful experience learning how to make battery potatoes. He's 7, but he was up to the challenge since we kept the experiment simple. We tested three sizes of potatoes, and then continued to measure them over time. He won first place in his science fair today, and had a great time explaining it to everyone who would listen. He had some big audiences!
The kit was great, and the instructions on the website were very helpful. However, I was an amateur with using the millimeter, so determining the correct setting to measure the potato was the most difficult part of this experiment. Although we found the instructions provided by Science Buddies on how to use the millimeter, they are a bit general in how to use it, so it was difficult to know if we were using it appropriately. I would greatly appreciate clearer instructions with the millimeter that are directly applicable to the potato experiment.
Other than that, we had a great time. Thanks Science Buddies!