Long a science-fair project staple, this potato powered calculator is easy to recreate yourself!
You will need
- Two potatoes
- A marker
- Two pieces of heavy copper wire
- Two galvanized nails
- Three alligator clips with wires
- A low-voltage
- battery-operated calculator
Step 1 Number potatoes Label your potatoes one and two.
Step 2 Remove battery Remove the batteries from the calculator. Take care to note where the positive and negative terminals are within the battery compartment.
Step 3 Insert nails Insert a nail into each potato and stick a copper wire into each potato, opposite the nail.
Alligator clips, nails, and wire can be purchased at your local hardware store.
Step 4 Connect clips Connect one alligator clip to the copper wire in potato no. 1 and attach the other end to the positive battery terminal in the calculator’s compartment.
Step 5 Create second connection Clip a second alligator clip to the nail in potato no. 2, and then connect the other end to the calculator’s negative battery connection.
Step 6 Complete circuit Complete the circuit by clipping the third alligator clip to the nail in potato one and to the copper wire in potato two. Voila, a working calculator!
Did you know? Americans eat 130 pounds of potatoes per person each year.