Unit Plan: Understand E-Waste Through Battery Design

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Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will make connections to real world problem solving with e-waste.

2.Students will explore battery design and transfer of energy through hands on experiments with household items.

3.Students will evaluate and analyze problems with e-waste and research solutions.

4.Students will draw and label models to explain circuits demonstrating the movement of energy.

5.Students will be able to explain how the measured and compared batteries based on the knowledge learned about volts and using a voltmeter.

Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

In this lesson students will further explore their understanding of energy, electricity, and basic circuits. Students will begin their exploration of batteries by questioning where batteries end up when we are done using them, making connections to e-waste issues around the world. Utilizing their knowledge of energy, students will learn about methods energy is stored and used in daily life. Students will analyze the batteries they use in everyday ways, and then they will create and experiment with everyday materials to build batteries. 

Science Kit Material(s) Used:
1.5-Volt 500mA Solar Module
2-Volt, 500mA Solar Modules
Basic Wind Turbine Kit