Girl with hand on Van de Graaff generator

Electrical energy, safety and lightning

Museum Staff-led
Terms 1-2, Mon–Fri
40 minutes
Year level
Years 2-6
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 100 students
$9 per student plus education service fee
Booking information
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This 40-minute presentation is set in our purpose-built high voltage laboratory/theatre, which features equipment unique to Scienceworks. It demonstrates energy transfers and transformations involving electricity.

Find out about static electricity, conductors and insulators, electric circuits and safety switches. Highlights include a hair-raising encounter with a Van de Graaff generator, making light with a pickled onion and the biggest Jacob's Ladder display in the country.

The show finishes with a spectacular demonstration of lightning strikes and tips for safety strategies in lightning storms.

Curriculum links

  • Level 26 Science as a Human Endeavour
  • Level 56 Physical Science
  • Level 26 Questioning and Predicting

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