General Lab Information


Build a Better Battery Through Chemistry

image of students in battery building lab

After an introduction to atoms, molecules, and chemical reactions, students design and perform an experiment that tests properties of metals and electrolytes for their potential as conductors for a wet cell battery. Students also learn about the battery research being conducted at Brookhaven Lab.

Vocabulary: atoms, molecules, chemical reaction, electrolyte, conductor, battery

Session Information: This activity is available in-person only.

In-Person Session Information
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Can book mulitiple activities in one day
  • $ 400 per session (BOCES-aidable)

NYS Learning Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Energy and Matter

Structure and Function

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use