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  [151] Getting Attracted to Electricity & Magnetism 17Instructor: Ed Morin
Grades: 5th to 8thRoom: C139
Year: 2018Time: 01:30 PM
Class Size: 6 to 12Prerequisites: Interest in electricity and desire to learn about it.
Tuition: $37 per 4-Class Session
Recurring Supplies Cost: $75 per YearDescription: 4-Class Session
Annual One Time Cost$NoneDescription: Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments by Rudolf F. Graf (available from Amazon.com). This book is optional for students. Many of the activities we will do in class are based on ones from this book and it may be useful for students to have their own copy if they would like to further explore these (and other) experiments at home (especially for parents that would like to do some of these activities with their students).
Student Provided Materials: Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments by Rudolf F. Graf (available from Amazon.com). This book is optional for students. Many of the activities we will do in class are based on ones from this book and it may be useful for students to have their own copy if they would like to further explore these (and other) experiments at home (especially for parents that would like to do some of these activities with their students).
Homework: Optional activities available, but none required.
In 600 BC a Greek Scientist discovered static electricity. Over the subsequent millennia, many scientists and inventors devised experiments and made additional discoveries that added to our understanding of this curious phenomenon. With the breakthrough discovery of the battery in 1800 by Allesandro Volta and subsequent discovery in 1820 by Hans Christian Oersted that an electric current creates a magnetic field, the stage was set for a myriad of discoveries and innovation that all contributed to the benefits of electricity and electromagnetism we enjoy today. This class covers the subjects from the first part of the popular Turning On to Electronics class offered last year on a more-relaxed schedule. Over the course of the year, students will conduct dozens of experiments selected from the classic, richly illustrated book Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments by Rudolf Graf as well as a few additional popular projects from last year. These hands-on activities enable students to explore and experience the basic principles of electric charge, electricity, and electromagnetism using clever yet simple experiments. Significant discoveries and inventions, and the scientists and inventors behind them, will be highlighted along the way.