Electricity Timeline
Updated: 4/17/2019
Electricity Timeline
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Electrical Circuits Lesson Plans

Electrical Circuits

Lesson Plans by Oliver Smith

Electrical energy is a major part of modern day life, but is so often misunderstood. We’ve all sat during a thunderstorm and wondered at the deadly power of lightning. We all know not to touch sockets with wet hands, but do we understand why our hands should be dry? Electricity controls many major functions of our bodies, especially in the brain and nervous system, and is also an extremely versatile resource used in homes and businesses all over the world. The following activities will help students understand the foundation of electrical circuits and how electricity affects our lives every day.




Electrical Circuits

Storyboard Description

Who invented Electricity? When was electricity first used? Create a timeline of electricity

Storyboard Text

  • THALES OF MILETUS
  • ELECTRICITY MILESTONES
  • Thales found that if amber was rubbed with animal fur, it could attract light objects such as a feather or seeds. This is due to what we now know as static electricity.
  • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
  • Benjamin Franklin discovered that lightning and electricity were the same using a kite, a key, and a leyden jar (an early capacitor).
  • LUIGI GALVANI
  • ALESSANDRO VOLTA
  • Galvani found that he could make frogs legs move when they were connected to different types of metals.
  • MICHAEL FARADAY
  • Alessandro Volta created the first battery. The voltaic pile produced a current and was made by stacking different metals separated by paper that had been soaked in a salt solution.
  • Faraday discovered electromagetic induction by passing a magnet through a coil of wire. The unit for capacitance, the Farad, is named after him.
  • FIRST TOWN WITH A PUBLIC ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
  • Godalming was the first town in the world to have a public electricity supply. A generator was connected to a waterwheel.

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