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The Ice Tray Battery
Transcript of The Ice Tray Battery
By: Novera, Tamara & Aanika
What is an ice tray battery?
An ice tray battery is a pathway made of several nails and copper wire that lets electrons flow through. It acts like a voltaic battery and turns chemical energy into electrical energy in order to power objects.
Materials used to make the ice tray battery:
Distilled white vinegar
5 pieces of copper wire
5 galvanized nails
1 LED light
How to make an Ice tray battery
For our experiment, we chose to power a LED light bulb.
How an Ice tray battery works:
An electric circuit works by a power source giving voltage for the electrons to move and then when the electrons reach objects such as lightbulbs, they give it the power to work. With the Ice Tray Battery, the voltage comes from the vinegar inside the ice tray, then with a zinc and copper set-up, the current flows out of the wire and into the nail. The electricity also passes through the tray wells and eventually reaches the lightbulb and powers it.
In conclusion, Ice tray batteries cannot power big things such as ipod, cellphones etc. because they generate even less electricity than a lemon battery. Although, they are a neat tool to use for experiments.
For our science experiment, we chose to demonstrate how an ice tray battery works. The principle of electricity we will demonstrate is electric current.
An electric current is a flow of electric charge. In electric circuits this charge is often carried by moving electrons in a wire.