Biolite - Fire to Phone Charging

Provide the spark to foster a love of science. Instructors perform a demonstration that uses a camping stove to generate electricity to charge a phone. Pupils use data from the experiment to the calculate the efficiency of the stove. Hint: It's really, really low.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Take learners outside for the demonstration using the stove
Classroom Considerations
  • Scholars must be familiar with energy transformations
  • Sixth of seven lessons in the Off the Grid unit
  • Requires a camping stove and fuel (sticks or wood chips)
Pros
  • Includes suggestions for lesson extensions
  • Gives a set of example calculations to reference
Cons
  • None
Common Core
NGSS