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Power It Up! (Make a Coin Battery)

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Gloved hands hold an LED light lit by battery made from pennies and the words "Connect LED"



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Informal Education


Physical Science, Flight and Aeronautics, Physics


Hands-on Activities

Make you own battery with pennies, salt and vinegar. See if you can light up an LED light with your homemade battery. Then, read about NASA’s battery-powered airplane, the X-57 Maxwell.

Power It Up! (Make a Coin Battery)

This activity is adapted from the “X-57 Electric Airplane: STEM Learning Module” for educators.