Age: 8 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $52.99

MSRP (USD): $39.99

Production Status: In Stores

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EDITOR'S REVIEW

Early Feedback

Very cool, but the kit does require strong reading skills, we suggest 10+ or even 12+ might be a better age. As well, most kids will benefit from some parental involvement. Fortunately, the concept behind this project is just as interesting to adults - we certainly learned a lot. An excellent hands-on opportunity to learn about microbial fuel cells, and very inspiring to see this potential new source of renewable energy - in action. The kit suggests different experiments to try, including how using different types of soil can affect your MudWatts power output. Other variables to test could be which types of food increase the power generated, or whether soil temperature makes a difference. And, if you're lucky enough to have more than one MudWatt (eg. siblings testing their own theories to see whose MudWatt generates the most power), you can see how power is impacted by connecting the MudWatts together. NOTE: While the included guide offers no direction in which types of soil work best, we were surprised to learn that the kind of microbes that power the MudWatt (eg. Shewanella, Geobacter) are not the kind you find in nutrient and microb-rich compost, but rather are found in deeper, well established older, mature dirt.

FEATURES

Manufacturer Description

Discover the POWER beneath your feet! MudWatt engages kids in STEM in a whole new way, using the power ofelectricity-generating bacteria living in the soil beneath our feet! Kids experiment with different types of soil (and food from the fridge) to maximize their power output. The MudWatt Explorer App lets kids measure their power, track their MudWatt’s bacteria growth, and unlock an awesome educational comic book! Microbiology, Energy, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Engineering, all in one experience! The MudWatt is based on microbial fuel cell technology, which converts chemical energy stored in sugars and nutrients (like those found in soil, or the foo you eat) into electricity. Microbes are the engines that drive this process. Microbial fuel cells are a new and exciting technology currently being researched in high-tech labs around the world, and some real world applications have already started to take shape, providing clean, renewable energy at the ocwean floor to power underwater sensors used for monitoring the environment and equipment such as pipelines and cables. Another applications is powering waste-water treatment, or even producing excess energy to provide electricity to homes. Activity Duration:; Building your MudWatt: 30-45 Minutes; Measuring your MudWatt's growth: Once per day for 2 weeks; Analyzing data: 30 Minutes; Keeping it blinking: Can last up to decades!

Contents

  • Classic Kit ($39.99 usd) Includes:

  • 1 Complete MudWatt Unit (1 Anode, 1 Cathode, 1 Vessel, 1 HackerPack)

  • 1 20-Page Educational/Instruction Booklet

  • 1 Pair of Black Nitrile Gloves

  • MudWatt Explorer App (available on iTunes and Google Play)

  • Science Fair Pack Includes:

  • 3 Complete MudWatt Units (3 Anodes, 3 Cathodes, 3 Vessels, 3 BlinkerBoards, 1 Digital Clock)

  • 2 Pairs of Alligator Cables and Jumper Wires (for connecting MudWatts together)

  • 1 Multimeter + Resistor Set (for determining max power)

  • 1 20-Page Educational/Instruction Booklet

  • 1 Pair of Black Nitrile Gloves

  • MudWatt Explorer App (available on iTunes and Google Play)

  • Classroom Pack Includes:

  • 10 Complete MudWatt Units (10 Anodes, 10 Cathodes, 10 Vessels, 10 BlinkerBoards, 3 Digital Clocks)

  • 9 Pairs of Alligator Cables and Jumper Wires (for connecting MudWatts together)

  • 3 Multimeters + Resistor Sets (for determining max power)

  • 10 20-Page Educational/Instruction Booklets

  • 10 Pairs of Black Nitrile Gloves

  • MudWatt Explorer App (available on iTunes and Google Play)

  • Core Kit Includes:

  • 1 Anode, 1 Cathode, 1 Blinker Board

  • 1 20-Page Educational/Instruction Booklet

  • 1 Pair of Black Nitrile Gloves

  • MudWatt Explorer App (available on iTunes and Google Play)

Features

  • Clean Energy from Mud: harness the power of electrical micro-organisms living in the soil beneath your feet

  • Build and grow your own living fuel cell from mud (a "bio-energy pet")

  • Grow your own living fuel cell - Design your own living mud battery!

  • Get creative and experiment by feeding your MudWatt stuff from your kitchen fridge (like Gatorade) to maximize your MudWatt's power.

  • Annalyse: Use the free APP to measure your power, track your growth.

  • with increasing power levels you can unlock chapters of "The Electric Microbe" comic book with the MudWatt Explorer App.

  • Light up an LED and run a digital clock using bacteria power. LED blinks faster as your power grows. You can even ower a digital clock.

  • A perfect summer STEM project.

  • MudWatts are reusable and can last for years!