GOOD Energy Meetup Idea: Build a Battery with Pocket Change

Another idea for the GOOD Energy Meetup: making batteries out of pennies, nickels, and lemon juice.

On Thursday, February 24, GOOD is throwing a Meetup Everywhere, our big GOOD Energy Party. Below is just one sample idea for a meetup, if you're looking for some inspiration. To learn more about our first ever distributed, nationwide meetup of people who give a damn, check out our announcement post. For other GOOD Energy Meetup ideas, check out the super simple Energy 101 teach-in or the Mr. Wizard electricity episode screening.

This is a fun look at electrical cells, or batteries. With under a dollar's worth of pennies and nickels and some lemon juice, you can make a battery that's a lot more impressive than your typical potato or lemon battery that you might have made in elementary school.

Here's the Household Hacker with a video on how to do it:


Here's another look at making batteries out of money (or potatoes) by the clever scientist/cartoonist Tim Hunkin.

Hunkin has some other great science experiments collected on his site, which are well worth checking out.

We'll be building batteries at the New York City meetup, and would love to hear of others doing the same.

Important note: Take pictures or video and send them to us after your meetup. We'll feature your event in a roundup of our big nationwide meetup.

And during the event, use the hashtag #goodenergy to tweet about your gathering.

We'll be posting more meetup ideas at GOOD's Environment hub all week, so check back soon.

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