JTHS Students Participate In “Building a Better Battery” With JCESR At Argonne National Laboratory
August 26, 2016 09:00 AM
In August, students from Joliet Township High Schools participated in the annual “Building a Better Battery” all-day educational event, hosted by the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL.
Overall, 23 different area schools were represented by 80 students and seven teachers who worked in teams to build battery-powered remote control cars with household materials. Kora, a sophomore at Joliet Central High School, said, “I enjoyed learning how all the different things – Coke, Gatorade, coffee, vinegar – could power a battery.”
As the students practiced building a battery, they also received advice and mentorship from some of JCESR’s industry-leading researchers. At the end of the day, teams raced their cars to see which team built the strongest battery.
Sofia, a Joliet Central Junior, said, “I really enjoyed how everyone worked together to build a better battery. This event gave me an opportunity to learn how to communicate and work on my time management skills.”
This experience allowed students to explore and embrace the possibilities of science and engineering in an exciting and collaborative way.
Joliet Central High School science teacher, Eric Jern, said “How do you go about getting 80 kids excited about battery science and energy? Kudos to JCESR for organizing an event that did that. It was an event the students will remember for a long time.”
The miision of JCESR, DOE’s Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, is to overcome critical scientific and technical barriers and create transformative battery technology for transportation and the electric grid.