REMSTEP TEACHING SEQUENCES
The following resources have been produced by a team of 2017 Deakin undergraduate students in collaboration with researchers in the field of Electrochemistry and education academics. We aim to provide learning activities and teaching resources that can be downloaded and taken straight into the classroom. The materials are year level specific with direct links to Australian Curriculum and Victorian Curriculum standards. This is part of the ReMSTEP collaborative project to improve the quality of science and mathematics education with examples from real-life scientific developments and inspiring scientists.
Meet our Scientists
The process of our project involves working with scientists in cutting-edge research in various fields of science. The goal of these learning modules are to focus on the basics of electrochemistry, and to highlight the leading endeavors made by scientists to expand on this field of chemistry. Our two scientists whom we have interviewed and questioned extensively allowed us to gain insight into their research and experimental processes to make new findings in their fields.
Dr. Madelaine Dupont
Dr. Madelaine Dupont is currently part of a team focused on research into thermocells - cells which act like a typical battery would, yet primarily use heat rather than disposable chemicals to generate electricity.
Mrs. Faezeh Makhlooghiazad
The components of a modern battery cell usually involve the use of Lithium, a metal that is becoming increasingly rarer and more expensive to use. Mrs. Faezeh Makhlooghiazad's work is currently investigating the potential of utilising common metals as part of a battery cell. Her team plans to develop battery cells that can utilise common reactive metals - in particular Sodium, to be used to construct a battery, eliminating the need for rare and expensive metals such as Lithium.
Thermocells: From waste heat to electricity
This teaching sequence introduces students to the effect of heat on chemical reactions and how scientists utilise waste heat to produce electricity.