Building Better Batteries at Argonne

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By Field-Stevenson Elementary

Forest Park School District 91

Mrs. Finn's 5th grade Challenge Program students from Grant-White and Field-Stevenson visited Argonne National Laboratory on Thursday, October 11th  for a special workshop on Building a Better Battery. This lab allowed students to explore the process of accelerating discovery using the "sprint" method which requires collaboration and communication.  The project goal was to develop a prototype battery that will be used to power a toy car.

Using the sprint research strategy, small groups of students will have limited time to investigate a specific aspect of a battery design to collect data, look for trends, and report back to the team. The team reviews the small group's recommendations and through scientific argumentation and then comes to a consensus about that aspect of the battery's design.  

The teams each built part of the battery cell that would power a capacitor which would be used to power a toy car.  They enjoyed this experimentation with the "sprint" team method - it enabled them to work efficiently through experiments while getting feedback on their research.


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