Electrical energy, safety and lightning


Years 2-6
Terms 1-4  Monday–Friday
Minimum 15 students
Maximum 100 students

Science, Technology

School programs and resources

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