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WATCH: Celebrate Earth Day by Turning Mud into “Living” Batteries

22 Apr 2016, 9:55 am

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It’s spring, which means many of you are planting flowers or even a garden. The “Science Guy” explains how students in western Kentucky are investigating how tiny microbes in the same soil you are using, have the ability to release electrons, which can create a “living” battery.

That “living” battery, engineered by the students, can last years.

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Student in Mrs. Collins third grade class are learning all about energy while making a big mess.

“We get to make it more fun by getting to play with the mud.”

“We got some dirt, added some water, made some mud, and we put it together and we found out there is some energy in the mud.”

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That’s right, tiny microbes in the mud release electrons, creating this “living” battery.
“We were able to light up a LED light after two days it light up and we had 5 microwatts.”

Which is surprising to Bryce McLeod. “Mud it’s kind of plain and no one expects it to have power.”

Hands-on science like this creates an unforgettable opportunity for students.
“It gives them an experience they can remember.” And one that gets these students excited about learning.

In Paducah, for WeatherNation, Meteorologist Jason Lindsey

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