Jen Rushing's lesson
In this module, students will learn about the chemicals used in making cell phones and other electronics. Students will discuss what types of elements are in our devices and the global impact they have on us as people.
Activity: What is in our cell phones?
As a class, have students brainstorm all the types of elements they think are in a cell phone, and why they are used in the cell phone.
Have students take apart a device and explore what is inside, looking for specific elements.
Note: This activity has a lot of variations, so there is not as much detail on this page as there are on other activities. Instead, we encourage you to take a look at the lesson plans, slides, and resources below for inspiration.
- The Elements in Your Pocket: a slideshow about the elements in your phone.
- Jen Rushing's lesson on the chemistry of cell phones.
- Lesley Anderson’s lesson on conflict minerals in your phone.
- iFixit.org: iFixit’s blog with articles on repair and sustainability of repair
- Next Generation Science Standards