Lightning arcing from a Tesla Coil
Source: Museum Victoria
Set in our purpose-built high voltage Lightning Room laboratory/theatre, which features equipment unique to Scienceworks, VCE Electricity illustrates concepts from Unit 1 Physics, including static electricity, the triboelectric series and an introduction to electromagnetic induction.
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.
The relationships between electricity, magnets and movement are explored as well as how they are applied in devices such as generators, electromagnets and electric motors. 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.
Available Wednesdays and Fridays
Term 2: 11 May – 17 June
Term 3: 10 August – 2 September
Session time: 2.30pm
Session duration: 45 minutes
Maximum 100 students per session
Cost: $5.00 per student + education service fee