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Electricity: Spark Your Curiosity - A Hair-Raising Exhibit on Display

February 05, 2015

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will bring science fun and the history of electricity to life through an engaging, hands-on special exhibition, “Electricity: Spark Your Curiosity.” This interactive exhibit focusing on the wonders of electricity will be on display at the Museum, January 31 through April 26, 2015.

“Electricity: Spark Your Curiosity” will appeal to visitors of all ages and will explore the fundamental principles of electricity while providing a fun environment in which visitors will learn how electricity is created and explore the fuel sources needed to generate electricity.

“Just as Benjamin Franklin engaged in hands-on experimentation with electricity, our Museum visitors will, too,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “Whether our guests are creating lightning in a tube or building a simple transformer to create light, they will be able to safely examine electricity while also exploring the dynamic role it plays in the world around us.”

This temporary exhibit focuses on key topics in science and history while inviting guests to engage in the past in a very unique way. The exhibit includes activities such as sending coded messages through Morse Code, manipulating a compass using electricity, generating enough power to illuminate a light bulb, becoming a human battery and more.

Created by the Franklin Institute, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this special exhibit analyzes electrical phenomena, explores authentic artifacts and tackles questions of sustainable energy. “Electricity: Spark Your Curiosity,” the special exhibit held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, is sponsored by Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. 

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