The first, very simple experiments with electricity began after Columbus discovered the new world. No one even used the word "electricity" until the time of Shakespeare.
|Study and experiment and you could be the next Edison.|
From Ben Franklin's famous kite to Edison's painstaking discovery of carbon filaments, experiments on electricity defined and harnessed the most important force of our century. There were no practical uses for electricity in 1800. Today we use 3,500,000,000 kilowatt hours of it.
Sparking your creativity.
Eager to do some of the same science experiments that led to today's practical uses of electricity? Follow the links: The first set of science projects is for younger kids, aged 6 - 10. The second set is for kids 10 and up.
Be sure to get your teacher's, leader's or parent's permission before you try your experiment. Electricity can be dangerous if handled incorrectly. Have fun, try it as a school project, but be sure to play it safe.
Use these powerful lesson plans to energize your classroom activities. These are appropriate for a variety of grade levels and are correlated to the National Science Standards and the Alabama Course of Study.
Science for Life Lesson Plans
- Magnet Races - Grades K-2 (PDF 87KB)
- Trees are Terrific - Grades K-2 (PDF 139KB)
- Fruit Juice - Grades 3-5 (PDF 110KB)
- Get Ready, Set, Charge! - Grades 3-5 (PDF 228KB)
- How to See Radiation - Grades 3-5 (PDF 316KB)
- Lifedrops: A Pond Water Study - Grades 3-5 (PDF 176KB)
- Magical Magnets Make Electricity - Grades 3-5 (PDF 81KB)
- The Living Cell - Grades 3-5 (PDF 129KB)
- Planting a Crystal Garden - Grades 3-5 (PDF 182KB)
- Piece de Resistance - Grades 6-8 (PDF 171KB)
- Geiger "Counting" - Grades 9-12 (PDF 149KB)
- Introduction to Fission and Fusion - Grades 9-12 (PDF 62KB)
-MS PowerPoint Presentation (PDF 296KB)
- Life in a Bottle - Grades 9-12 (PDF 119KB)
- Radiation: What Is It? - Grades 9-12 (PDF 62KB)
-MS PowerPoint Presentation (PDF 966KB)
- Shine Bright, Make Some Light - Grades 9-12 (PDF 87KB)
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