Charging into the new year!

Happy New Year!

My first blog of 2013 is pretty power-ful and should get you all wired for learning! Ready for me to switch off the electricity puns? But I get such a charge out of them!

 (Do you suppose she’s going to do this for the entire blog?)


Learn some current terms by clicking on the picture below! You’ll see words like conductor, insulator, attract, repel, circuit….(HINT: Study the terms and their definitions before you try the games. Space Race is especially shocking!)

Now that you’re familiar with some of the important vocabulary, let’s check out an important inventor whose electrical know-how lights up our lives every day!

What do you think Edison meant when he said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”?

Time for a little practice with electricity and circuits. This web site has lots of information, activities, and quizzes. Follow the directions you’ll see at the bottom right of each lesson. Click on the picture of the circuit to go to the site.

(Looks like someone is not too happy about the quiz part of this activity!)

Did she say quiz? Who has a quiz on their first blog of the new year? Come on! My brain is still operating on fruit cake and sugar plums! I can’t take a quiz!

The lightbulbs you see in the picture below have been passed down through generations of my family. According to my relatives, these are actual Edison lightbulbs, and are very, very old. How are these bulbs different from the ones we use everyday?

Click on the picture to visit a site that will teach you about energy, current, and lightbulbs!


Now, one more site to visit. Have you ever wondered what protons, neutrons, electrons and magnets have in common?

(Is she kidding? Proton, neutrons, and what -trons? She’s making this up, right? Is there going to be ANOTHER quiz?)

Click on the picture below to learn about electromagnets, in case you’re interested in being an electricity genius like the “Wizard of Menlo Park”! Edison would be proud of you! (If you decide to build an electromagnet, be sure to have an adult help you.)

So, that’s it! My first blog of the year 2013! I hope you weren’t too repelled by all the electricity talk. After all, some famous person once said, “Knowledge is power!” I hope you have a very powerful new year!

And, remember this great quote by Thomas Edison……

Oh, one more thing. Here’s a different way to keep a journal of 2013. I’ve already started my jar. What will you include in yours?