Electricity can seem like a big mystery. We can't see it, we can't smell it and we can't touch it. It is very hard to tell whether or not it exists! There are many cool and interesting things to learn about electricity, and you can download some of the resources below to get started on learning about the force that powers our homes, schools, and communities.
Did you know that electricity is the flow of electrons? Electrons in a wire will travel from one end to the other as a result of a pressure known as voltage. If we attach something that receives electricity (called the load)—such as a light bulb—between the two endpoints, then the flow of electrons (the electricity) can be used to power the load—that is, to turn on the light bulb!
Did you know that we can also use magnets to produce electricity? This is the result of a phenomenon known as electromagnetism. To learn all about electromagnetism, batteries, and how we generate, transport, and use electricity, check out this printable informational booklet!
Did you know that Ben Franklin helped us learn about electricity over 250 years ago? Print out this booklet to learn all about the history of electricity!
Even though we cannot see electricity, this does not mean that we cannot measure it. In fact, performing measurements is often the only way to tell whether electricity is actually flowing through a wire. Have you ever heard of a volt, an amp, or a watt? Do you know the difference between voltage, current and power? Print out this booklet to learn the key terms for defining electrical properties and the ways we can actually measure the mysterious force of electricity!
Think you know all there is to know about electricity now that you have read through the booklets on this page? Test your knowledge with these fun quizzes and games to see if you are really the electricity master!
How well do you know electricity, magnets and charge? Print out this sheet to test your knowledge.
What is the unit of measure of electric power? If you know that one, then you know 3-down on the crossword puzzle in the following booklet! Print out this fun booklet to do this and other puzzles and games while learning all about how we power our world and testing your knowledge of electricity.
When do magnets repel (push each other away), and when do they attract each other? See if you remember learning about magnets with this fun printable activity sheet!