I led a series of primary school workshops. One of the memorable ones involved some Year 4 students, a workshop that I ran with Dr Gavin Harper, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, in November.
We started the workshop off by asking students to think about what is in batteries and the responses were amazing. At the age of 8 or 9, I found it amazing how much they know about batteries, and how well they made connections to the everyday. I was further impressed with how they co-operated in the workshop activity to demonstrate charging and discharging rates. We used bean bags to represent lithium ions and each pair of students represented the two electrodes.
I would like to thank my supervisor, Professor Peter Slater, who was incredibly supportive and was fundamental in the creative thinking stage. I’d also like to thank Professor Emma Kendrick for providing her input and time in the direction of the battery video direction.
I am so grateful for both of their groups for agreeing to take part in this activity, as well as other students and staff from the School of Chemistry and the School of Metallurgy & Materials, whose research isn’t directly related to batteries but who gave their time regardless. I think they made a marvellous human battery!