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Hands-On Activities
Give students a safe, hands-on introduction to the power of electricitywith these simple experiments. The printable handouts include experiment directions and a worksheet for students to complete.
Check out our Electricity CD-ROM which includes similar activities.
Balloon Power
Students see for themselves that "static" is a true form of Electricity -one that can be used to power a fluorescent light bulb. They also learn that electricity flows when there is a large enough imbalance in electrical charges.
Building a Telegraph
Creating a rudimentary telegraph machine with lantern batteries, light bulbs, and insulated bell wire is an effective way to communicate the basic electrical principles at work. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of how electromagnets and series circuits work.