Feel the force of electricity by manipulating electrical phenomena, exploring authentic artifacts, and tackling questions of sustainable electricity generation and use. This exhibition is energized, with interactive devices and graphics glowing from within the darkened gallery, illustrated by simple, edgy imagery.

At its foundation, electricity is derived from the interaction of charges. Experience these interactions yourself by becoming a conductor for static charge. See the electrical impulses inside your own muscles. Use your body to complete a circuit. These same fundamental properties of electrical charge also allow us to generate power. Explore the fuel sources needed to generate our electricity. Decide which personal and community choices really can make a difference in how electricity continues to alter our lives.

Electricity will spark your curiosity about the power of this phenomenon and what it holds for our future.

NEW FOR 2013!

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Antique Lightning Rods
The Electricity exhibit is now home to an intriguing collection of eight artfully-handcrafted antique lightning rods, dating from the late 18th through mid-20th centuries. The collection is on loan through Fall 2013 from New York media executive and folk art devotee, Joshua Sapan. Mr. Sapan's more than 100 item collection of lightning rods is believed to be the world's largest, and you can now see some of the collection's most beautiful and singular offerings.

A scene from the exhibit


The featured centerpiece of Electricity is a Sustainable Dance Floor, which generates power to illuminate itself as people move on the tiles. Visitors will witness a spectacular electrical discharge from a giant Tesla coil overhead.

To delve into Benjamin Franklin's pioneering studies, visitors browse through an electronic copy of his book Experiments and Observations on Electricity. As visitors stop at key passages, relevant historical and modern artifacts from The Franklin Institute's collection are illuminated along a wall display.

"Build a Circuit," an open-ended activity bench, invites visitors to arrange combinations of electronic components together in order to successfully create a working circuit. This engaging activity builds on multiple levels of knowledge and provides an opportunity for families to learn together.

An art installation, "Electrical Signals," is an array of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that respond to electrical signals imperceptible to the human eye. As visitors make a call or send a text message from their own cell phones, the transmitted signals cause the LEDs to light up.

"Compromising Choices" demonstrates how sustainable electricity generation requires global decision-making. In this social game, each visitor leads a nation through technological and economic growth, choosing diverse energy sources to meet its needs for energy consumption while balancing environmental damage and resource depletion.

Presented by:
PECO An Exelon Company

And investors in the Inspire Science campaign.

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