Conductive Clay Creates More Possibilities for Energy Storage

  In the feverish race to discover thinner and thinner materials with the surface area and conductivity to make better performing battery electrodes, a lump of clay may be the answer.   Drexel University’s College of Engineering scientists has invented clay which is both highly conductive and can be easily molded into a variety of … Continue reading Conductive Clay Creates More Possibilities for Energy Storage


Make Your Own Hydrogen Fuel Cell

A fuel cell is a cell that produces an electric current directly from a chemical reaction. hydrogen fuel cell is capable of producing electricity without any pollution because the only byproduct is pure water.   Hydrogen fuel cells are the most common, used in spacecraft and other areas where there is a specific need for … Continue reading Make Your Own Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Electric Charge Demonstration

Everything contains particles which have electrical charges, they can be positive, negative or neutral. Atoms are the basic building blocks of everything in the universe, and are made up of three components, electrons, protons and neutrons.   Electrons have a negative electric charge and are usually associated with electricity. Protons have a positive electric charge … Continue reading Electric Charge Demonstration

Lord Kelvin’s Thunderstorm

Lord Kelvin’s Thunderstorm is a type of electrostatic generator invented by British scientist William Thomson, better known as Lord Kelvin, in 1867. Kelvin referred to the device as his water-dropping condenser.   The device uses falling drops of water to generate voltage differences by using electrostatic induction, which occurs between interconnected, oppositely charged systems.   … Continue reading Lord Kelvin’s Thunderstorm

How to Make an Electric Microcontroller Patch

A microcontroller is a small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor core, memory and programmable input/output peripherals. Microcontrollers are designed for embedded applications, in comparison to the microprocessors used in personal computers or other general purpose applications. Microcontrollers are used in a wide variety of automatically controlled products and devices.   Microcontrollers … Continue reading How to Make an Electric Microcontroller Patch

Webcast About Great Battery Experiments from Iron Science Teacher

In a parody of the cult Japanese TV program, “Iron Chef,” here is an excellent video where a live audience at the Exploratorium, in San Francisco, cheer on competitors in a fun science cook-off, where teachers compete for the sought-after title, “Iron Science Teacher.”   The Exploratorium’s Iron Science Teacher competition showcases science teachers as … Continue reading Webcast About Great Battery Experiments from Iron Science Teacher

Make a Blinking Top Hat

Arduino Pro Mini The Blinking top hat was created by a couple of do-it-yourselfers to give as a gift at their friends’ engagement party. As the hat is tilted it lights up with rotating effects. The blinking top hat combines white LED strips, a small Arduino Pro mini and an accelerometer to obtain the really … Continue reading Make a Blinking Top Hat

Making a Scribbling Machine

Making a scribbling machine is a great way to experiment with the erratic movement of an offset motor. Basically, a Scribbling Machine, is a motorized gadget that moves in erratic ways and leaves a colorful trail which traces its path.   A scribbling machine is made from simple materials and demonstrates the erratic motion produced … Continue reading Making a Scribbling Machine

Melting a Penny With a Car Battery

Most people are under the impression that pennies are made of copper. This is only partially true. Before 1982, pennies were made of 95% copper and 5% zinc. Because the price of copper was rising, the U.S. Mint had to change the penny’s composition to keep the cost of the coin under one cent.   … Continue reading Melting a Penny With a Car Battery