Lighting room in Scienceworks

Senior secondary electrical science

Museum Staff-led
Term 3, Thursday and Fridays, 2.30pm only
Year level
Years 11, VCE
Minmum student numbers
Minimum 15 students
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 118 students
$9 per student plus education service fee
Booking information
Bookings (03) 9392 4819

Set in our purpose-built high voltage Lightning Room theatre which features equipment unique to Scienceworks, the Senior Secondary Electrical Science show illustrates concepts including static electricity, the triboelectric series, electromagnetism and an introduction to electrical safety.

Students will explore how current electricity is produced using permanent magnets and coils of wire and how this principle is applied in power stations and electrical devices. They observe how electrical motors transform electrical energy into movement energy and how an electromagnet can be created. The use of electromagnets and their role in electrical safety in household circuits is described.

A lightning demonstration using a two million volt Tesla coil, highlighting safety in electrical storms, is also included as part of this 45-minute presentation.

Curriculum links

  • VCE Unit 1 Physics
  • Year 11 VCAL Electricity
  • VCE VET Electrical Industry

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