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Simple Potato Electricity Experiment – STEM Activity for Kids

I have so many strong memories as a kid, and simple interactive science experiments literally set my course for life! When I saw this simple potato electricity experiment STEM activity for kids hit my inbox with an update from Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows DVD (Available NOW!) I knew you guys would love to see it too!

 

smiling potato science experiment

Below you can find:

  1. An overview on how to enjoy this simple electricity experiment with your students.
  2. A printable quick guide to take with you.
  3. And then of course an overview of the new Nickelodeon DVD Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows.


 

Potato Electricity Experiment –

Supplies Needed:

  • 3 (fresh) medium potatoes

  • Copper electrodes/strips (or pennies) (1 per potato)

  • Zinc electrode/strips (or galvanized nails) (1 per potato)

  • small LED light or LCD clock with wires

  • 4+ insulated wires with metal/alligator clips at the ends

3 potatoes with googly eyes

Directions:

  1. Insert one copper strip and one zinc strip into each potato.

  2. Use one alligator clip with wire to connect the copper strip in the potato to the positive terminal on your clock/LED light.

  3. Attach another wire to the zinc strip in that same potato to the copper strip in the next potato.

  4. From the 2nd potato, use another wire to connect the zinc strip in that potato to the copper strip in your 3rd potato.

  5. In the 3rd potato, use one alligator clip with wire to connect the zinc strip in that potato to the negative terminal on the clock/LED light.

  6. Now your clock or light should turn on!

Printable Potato Electricity Activity Guide –

Want to print out this simple activity? Just click the image below to print a PDF supply and instruction set!

potato electricity activity

Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows –

Are You Afraid of the Dark Poster 

Welcome back to the Midnight Society of spook from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment! Based on the ’90s kids’ classic terrifying campfire ghost storeis, Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows is the second season and includes six hour-long episodes. 

Join a new group of kids telling the tale of a curse that has covered their small seaside town, haunted by a villain named the Shadowman. *Shivers!* After their leader goes missing, it’s up to the remaining members of the Midnight Society to break the curse and free the victims before they too disappear into the shadows.

Episodes:

  • The Tale of the Haunted Woods
  • The Tale of the Night Frights
  • The Tale of the Phantom Light
  • The Tale of the Danse Macabre
  • The Tale of the Midnight Magic
  • The Tale of the Darkhouse

Running Time: 4 hr 21 min.

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