Cell Phone Faraday Cage

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Description

In this activity, construct the strongest "dead zone" for a cell phone -- a Faraday Cage! Use this activity to explore conductivity, as well as how cell phones work and send electromagnetic waves. This activity guide includes a step-by-step instructional video.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: Under 5 minutes
  • Learning Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: 1 cent - $1 per student
  • Age Range: Ages 8 - adult
  • Resource Types:
  • Language: English

Materials List (per student)

  • Soup can
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cell phone
  • 2nd phone (any kind)
  • Heavy book or weight
Subjects

Informal Category

  • Electronics

Subjects

  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electromagnetic Fields
    • Vibration and Waves
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
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Science Off Center, Saint Louis Science Center

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All Rights Reserved, Science Off Center and the Saint Louis Science Center,

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