CCEW 2024 Celebrating Chemistry

Get a Charge out of Chemistry

Celebrating Chemistry: Get a Charge out of Chemistry

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About the Cover

Learn about the cover of the latest issue of Celebrating Chemistry.


Welcome to "Get a Charge out of Chemistry"

Learn about batteries, types, and an overview of why they are important to our lives. Get a head start to dive into and “get a charge” out of learning about batteries!

Batteries Save the Sun’s Energy!

Read this article to find out how batteries help save alternative sources of energy (like sun’s energy) and allow you to use them when and where you want!

The Anatomy of a Battery

What’s inside batteries and how do they work? Read this article to uncover the enigma! 

Recycle That Battery!

Did you know you can and must recycle batteries? Step into the world of how to recycle different types of batteries with this article.

Meg A. Mole Interview with Mr. Jeff Michalski

Meg A. Mole travels to Midland, Michigan, to interview Mr. Jeff Michalski, former president and chief operating officer of XALT Energy & Freudenberg Battery Power Systems!

Are Batteries Battering the Environment?

Batteries are essential and useful. But do they have a less desirable side? Read on to find what challenges batteries face today.


Science Safety Tips

Meg and Avi share important safety rules to follow every time you do a hands-on chemistry activity at home. 

Build-A-Battery Workshop!

Ever thought about building your own battery with just pennies and aluminum foil (and a few other simple items)? Here’s how you can do it at home!

On the Hunt … for Batteries!

Be a battery hunter at home and see how many battery-operated items you manage to guess from the clues in 10 minutes!

Build-a-Battery Workshop: From Nature to Battery

Did you know that potatoes and lemons can be electrolytes? Conduct tests with them to find out which metals will make the best pair of electrodes. Then use your new knowledge to run a light, buzzer, or motor on potato power. 

Build-a-Battery Workshop: Explore Electrolytes

Use roofing nails as electrodes and something you might drink as the electrolyte to make a battery. Which beverage works best?


The Car Race Game

Race your friends in a car of your choice to FINISH as you jump spaces, avoid the monsters, try to take the shortcut, and fuel up on your way to win! 

Word Search Puzzle

Enjoy navigating through a maze of letters to find words related to batteries? Go on and test your knowledge now!

The Car Race Game
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CCEW 2024 Theme Team
  • Jackie Trischman, CCEW Chair 
  • Sara Delgado-Rivera, 2024 Co-chair 
  • Bill Doria, 2024 Co-chair 
  • Rick Rogers 
  • David Heroux 
  • Sherri Rukes 
  • Neal Abrams 
  • Tracy Hamilton
  • Gina Malczewski 
  • Veronica Jaramillo 
  • Susan Hershberger 
  • Duy Le
  • Cheryl Trusty 
  • Weslene Tallmadge 
  • Juan C. Aponte-Santini
Production Team
  • Sri Balasubramanian, Editor 
  • Eric Stewart, Copyeditor 
  • Michael Tinnesand, Technical Reviewer 
  • Jim Starr, Illustrator
  • Rhonda Saunders, Designer 
Technical and Safety Review Team
  • Lynn Hogue, Age-appropriateness Reviewer 
  • Bettyann Howson, Safety Reviewer 
  • Weslene Tallmadge, Safety Reviewer
  • Ashley Neybert, Accessibility Reviewer 
  • Sara Delgado-Rivera, Translation Reviewer
Division of Education
  • Terri Chambers, Senior Director, Education Division
  • Nancy Bakowski, Director of Academic Engagement and Outreach 
  • Lily L. Raines, Manager, Science Outreach
  • Patti Galvan, Program Manager, Science Outreach
  • Sri Balasubramanian, Program Specialist, Science Outreach


The articles and activities in this publication were written by theme team members of the ACS Committee on Community Activities (CCA) under the leadership of Lori Stepan. Meg A. Mole’s interview was written by Kara KasaKaitas. The translation for Celebrando la Química was done by ACSI Translations.


The activities described in this publication are intended for children under the direct supervision of adults. The American Chemical Society cannot be responsible for any accidents or injuries that may result from conducting the activities without proper supervision, from not specifically following directions, or from ignoring the cautions contained in the text.