The soil in our backyards has tiny electric microbes living in it. These microbes can eat up nutrients (especially sugar – just like us humans, they love sugar!) from their environment. After eating, they release part of the energy from their food as electricity. This can be used to power devices such as an LED light or clock. You can check to see how many bio-pets you have grown and how much power they have created simply by downloading and using the free Mudwatt app.
This kit is perfect at home and in the classroom, as it educates young scientists in many disciplines, including energy, engineering, chemistry, microbiology and sustainability, by engaging their curiosity and creativity.
What’s included in the box:
- Microbe growing graphite disks
- LED blinker circuit
- Nitrile gloves
- 20 page instruction booklet
- Mudwatt app
- Graduated container
- Digital clock
This kit is recommended for budding scientists above the age of eight and is not suitable for children under the age of three due to small parts that could be choking hazards.
Packaging dimensions: 265 x 195 x 80mm
This product makes a great classroom teaching resource, and can be used in classroom activities that align to the Australian Curriculum.
Year 6 - ACSSU097
Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources
Year 8 - ACSSU155
Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems