1) In March 1800 Alessandro Volta from Genoa, Italy, made the first ever battery and demonstrated it to the Royal Society in London.
2) Then in September 1820 Andre-Marie Ampere in Paris, France, showed a magnetic compass needle being moved by an electric current in a wire. His work in maths and science proved that electricity is a flow of ‘electrons’.
3) In honour of these 2 famous scientists we now measure the force of electricity in a circuit in ‘Volts’, and the amount of electrons flowing through that circuit as ‘Amps’.
The World of Energy programme is a 1-day primary school STEM workshop for children in Years 5 or 6.
‘Batteries and Circuits’ is the fifth activity in the day where the children in teams of 5 to 6 create their own batteries and circuits from potatoes to voltaic piles made from zinc and copper. The concepts of Amps, Volts and Watts are introduced.
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