What Is Electricity?

What Is Electricity?

An atom consists of three types of building blocks: protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons stick together in the center, or nucleus, of the atom, while electrons whiz around the outside at breakneck speed. The parts of an atom are incredibly tiny and surprisingly spread out. Let’s consider the simplest element of them all:

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The Circle of Electromagnetism

The Circle of Electromagnetism

Electricity is one element of physics that we encounter on a daily basis. It powers our televisions and our computers, and keeps the lights on at home. Magnets are something we think of as less common, only using them when we need to navigate using a compass or stick something to our fridge. But electricity

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DIY Water Bending

DIY Water Bending

Electricity is everywhere! That isn’t a joke. Electricity is simply the movement of electrons. Electrons are found in atoms which make up all of the molecules in our bodies, and don’t like to stand still. Electricity can be tricky to describe and understand, but most of us have felt it in some way. Have you

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What is a Superconductor?

What is a Superconductor?

Lots of materials are conductors, meaning electricity can flow through them. However, even power lines, which have the sole job of transporting electricity, aren’t perfect. A little bit of the energy gets lost as the electricity flows. This loss of energy is called resistance. Resistance isn’t a bad thing. We use it for a lot of

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Survival Skills: Pocket Firestarter

Survival Skills: Pocket Firestarter

 To start a fire, you need three ingredients: fuel, oxygen, and heat. Friction is a good source of heat (think striking a match, or rubbing two sticks together). Heat can also come from flowing electricity! Have you ever noticed that electronic devices get warm after they’ve been running for a while? This is the

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DIY + Grapes + Microwave = PLASMA!

DIY + Grapes + Microwave = PLASMA!

WARNING: Handle dishes with a potholder, and be aware that they may break if left in the microwave too long. Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand when experimenting with high-energy science.  What do lightning, the aurora, neon signs, and grapes have in common? Plasma! It might be the least familiar of the four states

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Electricity & Magnetism Belong Together

Electricity & Magnetism Belong Together

Electricity is one element of physics that we encounter on a daily basis. It powers our televisions and our computers and keeps the lights on at home. Magnets are something we think of as less common, only using them when we need to navigate using a compass or stick something to our fridge. But electricity

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