Innovating Science® - STEM Investigations: Create Your Own Power

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Manufacturer ID - IS3450

Students will learn about acids and bases through a class discussion and then test a dilute acid and dilute base with neutral litmus paper to learn how the paper indicates something is acidic or basic. Once that skill is learned they can move on to test some common items that would be found around their house to determine if they are acids or bases. Optional: Extra litmus paper is included to test more items either from home or around the school building for a greater understanding of acids and bases. The activity contains enough materials for 6 groups of students.

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The voltaic cell is an electrochemical cell that produces electrical energy through a chemical reaction, specifically an oxidation-reduction reaction. In this activity, students will set up electrochemical cells, with each group using a different combination of materials for the anode and the cathode of the cell. Students will also compare two different styles of cell, one using a salt bridge and one using a semi-permeable membrane. After determining the voltage output of their cells and comparing their values to the rest of the class, students will be challenged to design an electrochemical cell that can run a small motor. Kit contains enough materials for 15 groups. Teacher's manual and Student Study Guide copymasters are included.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*

Disciplinary Core Ideas: MS-PS2-3; HS-PS1-2; HS-PS3-3
Performance Expectations: PS2.B; PS1.A; PS1.B; PS3.A; PS3.D; ETS1.A
Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and Effect; Patterns; Energy and Matter; Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Kit Includes:
1L Copper Chloride 1.0M
1L Magnesium Chloride 1.0M
1L Iron Chloride 1.0M
1L Tin (II) Chloride 1.0M
1L Zinc Chloride 1.0M
1L Aluminum Chloride 1.0M
1L Potassium Chloride 1.0M
125 pieces Copper Metal Foil Strips
125 pieces Tin Foil Strips
125 pieces Iron Metal Strips
125 pieces Aluminum Metal Strips
125 pieces Zinc Strips
125 pieces Magnesium Metal Ribbon Strips
60 Cups, 5oz
15ft Dialysis Tubing
15 Red Connecting Wires with Alligator Clips
15 Black Connecting Wires with Alligator Clips
20 pieces Filter Paper
60 Pipettes
15 3 volt Motors

DOT Info:
UN3082, RQ, Environmentally hazardous substance, liquid, n.o.s., (Cupric chloride solution), 9, III, Ltd Qty
UN1760, Corrosive liquids, n.o.s., (Stannous chloride, Hydrochloric acid), 8, III, Ltd Qty
NA1760, Ferrous chloride, solution, 8, II, Ltd Qty
UN2581, Aluminum chloride, solution, 8, III, Ltd Qty

*"Next Generation Science Standards" is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Phthalates, which is known to the State of California to cause reproductive harm. For more information go to
Brand Name
Innovating Science®
Performance Expectations 5-PS1-3
Cross Cutting Concepts Cause and Effect
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Engineering Practices Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Box Used 12663SBOX
Width (in) 6.25
Height (in) 4
Weight (oz) 19.9
Weight (lb) 1.24
Country of Origin US
Harmonization Code 9023.00.0000
DOT Description Non regulated

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