The Electrical Energy, Safety and Lightning Show

Years 2-6, Lightning Room show

Van de Graaff generator
Van de Graaff generator
Source: Museum Victoria

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, fuses 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 relevance: energy transformations, staying safe with electricity.

Victorian Curriculum links

  • Level 2-6: Science as a Human Endeavour
  • Level 5-6: Physical Science
  • Level 2-6: Questioning and Predicting

Available Terms 1 and 2, Monday – Friday
Session times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm. 2.30pm
Session duration: 40 minutes

Maximum 100 students per session
Cost: $5.00 per student + education service fee