STEM for kids, making potato clocks

Science, technology, engineering, and math -otherwise known as STEM is becoming increasingly important in our world.

According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, STEM-related jobs grew three times faster than other jobs between 2000 and 2010. They predicted that two point four million STEM jobs would go unfilled this year. That’s why many schools and families are working to introduce children into STEM fields earlier.


The Puckett family makes a point to try out science experiments whenever they can. They tried their luck by putting together the classic potato clock experiment. With copper and zinc strips acting as electrodes… potatoes, yams, and even soda can work like a battery. 

“All of them had sugar in them. And sugar gets the electricity and mixes it together, which makes a clock work,” says Tyler Puckett, 7 Year Old Scientist.

The battery is powered when chemical energy is turned into electric energy. Puckett added that it will only work if the metals don’t touch.
 

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