Understanding batteries and their future use

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This event is an online session for secondary teachers organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of our secondary series.

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When Italian chemist Alessandro Volta invented the battery in 1800, he sparked an energy revolution that would transform almost every aspect of our daily lives. Join us for a live and interactive session about the role that chemistry plays in storing energy in batteries and how it will be pivotal to making the difference in our everyday lives.

This session will be delivered by Stephen Hendry and supported by Alissa Owen, who are both RSC education coordinators. It is best suited for secondary chemistry teachers, non-chemistry specialists, student teachers, early career, NQT or technicians.


To provide ideas on how to teach and contextualise batteries into your chemistry teaching. Showcase new and emerging battery technology that are advancing the storage and generation of electricity.


Discuss the chemistry behind batteries and highlight some resources that can be used to engage students in the classroom.

Show how batteries are an affordable and efficient way of storing electricity from renewables; essential if we are to eliminate the intermittency that comes with harvesting clean power from nature.


Have a better understanding of how to teach batteries and engage students in your classroom teaching.

Know how to get the most out of your local education coordinator & support from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professional development standards

This session is part of a sustained and flexible programme of activities offered by Royal Society of Chemistry. The session will encourage reflective discussion and employs a range of delivery styles. This session is heavily informed by education research and evidence based teaching. Our evaluation process pre-, during and after is rigorous to ensure that we can measure the impact of our work. We aimed this session to be inclusive for all.

Format of the session

This session will contain a presentation, online task, time for reflection, discussions and any questions.

We strongly encourage that you use a laptop/tablet to get the most out of this session.

After you have registered, you will receive the zoom link via email. Please check your junk/spam folder if you haven’t received our emails.

Registration will close 24 hours in advance.

This is a fully funded event aimed at anyone teaching or supporting secondary science. Please share it with anyone who would find it useful.

For more information on this and any other RSC education event, please visit, where you will find links to both primary and secondary education sessions.

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Organiser Stephen Hendry: Education Coordinator, Scotland

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Stephen Hendry is an Education Coordinator for the Royal Society of Chemistry, based in the West of Scotland. He has extensive experience in schools and with supporting teachers of science (Chemistry focus) across all stages as well as organising/supporting public engagement events across the region.

To contact Stephen directly, please email him at .

Stephen is part of a larger team that works across the whole of the UK and Ireland. To find out more about the work the Education coordinators do, and to see other events organised by the team, visit the RSC’s Education website.

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