Penny Battery

This Penny Battery activity & project also includes:

Use pennies to light an LED. Class members follow the provided directions to build a multi-celled battery powered by pennies. Using stacks of pennies of varying heights, pupils control the voltage of the battery to light different colors of LED lights.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Research how batteries work
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires post-1982 US pennies
  • The voltmeter will allow for calculation of the number of volts each cell produces 
Pros

  • Videos show how to construct the battery
  • Provides teaching tips on why the battery might not work
Cons

  • Destroys pennies