What are Batteries?
Batteries are a collection of one or more cells whose chemical reactions create a flow of electrons in a circuit.
Batteries work by putting certain chemicals in contact with each other in a specific way.
A modern disposable battery commonly contains the metal zinc, manganese dioxide and an alkaline solution
A modern rechargeable battery contains different elements… Hover on the image to the left to discover what minerals are within a lithium ion battery, vital in powering our technology, smartphones and electric cars.
Lithium Cobalt positive electrode (cathode)
Carbon & manganese mixture
Graphite negative electrode (anode)
We offer a batteries and alternative circuits workshop, click here to find out more. Read our blog of Sparkwell Primary school using fruit as batteries.