William Gilbert used a device called a versorium to test an object's charge. You can make a similar device to see static electricity at work.
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Magnetic Field Viewer

Magnetic Field Viewer

From Electricity

You can see magnetic fields in action with this easy-to-make viewer.

Explore Friction on a Ramp

Explore Friction on a Ramp

From The Physics of Fun

One part of physics that affects everything you do is friction! Friction is a force that occurs when two surfaces rub against each other. Smoother surfaces generate less friction, while rough or bumpy surfaces generate more friction. Check it out!



From Fairground Physics

Most older roller coasters are pulled up that first hill. However, some newer coasters have pneumatic launch systems. That means a shot of compressed air launches the coaster up the hill. We’re going to build a simple version of that with a straw that you blow through.

Point A Masterpiece

Point A Masterpiece

From Explore Atoms and Molecules!

Does pointillism really work? Create your own pointy artwork to find out.



National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“Explore Electricity is written for an elementary age level, but middle school students would enjoy learning about historical background on electricity while completing the electricity projects. The contents of this book will captivate students with the electrifying topics. This book is a well-written resource for classroom teachers, students, and parents.”

“With a heavy emphasis on STEM and engaging trivia, this well-designed title is a quality introduction to the basics of electricity.”

Children's Literature Review
“Part of the ‘Explore Your World' series, Van Vleet, walks us through the basic physics of electricity and unlike other books of this ilk, she follows up each explanation with an easy demonstration that drives the point home. In another nice layout feature, Stone has feature a drawing of a circuit board on the edges of the pages that hold experiments, making it easier to turn directly to the hands-on portion of the book. For kids who want and need hands-on applications to understand otherwise abstract science, this book is a winner.”

“Children six years of age and older will discover 25 projects in this book which will allow them to explore the wonders of electricity. Both home schooling families and teachers will find this book a handy aid when it comes to teaching a youngster about electricity.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
"Great title! Explore Electricity! gives students the opportunity to learn about electricity and its impact on society—past, present, and future. Will make a perfect supplemental text for the STEM program grades 4-8."

Detailed Book Description

Electricity is part of our modern-day lives in ways that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison could never have imagined. Lights, computers, televisions, phones, toys, medicine-our world revolves around electricity. Explore Electricity! introduces readers ages 7-10 to the workings of batteries, simple circuits, conductors and insulators, motors and generators, and magnetism, and the ways we're working toward more Earth-friendly power. The book invites kids to experiment with 25 simple projects that will "spark" their learning and enthusiasm.

Projects include making a simple motor, as well as creating and experimenting with an electromagnet. Fun bits of trivia, sidebars, and jokes help "charge" up young readers to explore the force that can be found everywhere-from inside their bodies to the animal world to the sky above them.

Available In:
Paperback, $13.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Physical Science



Let’s Explore Electricity

Chapter 1
Static Electricity

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5
Motors and Generators

Chapter 6
Earth-Friendly Electricity