Electricity Science Project

Whenever you think of electricity, what do you think of? A few years ago, people thought of light bulbs as signs of electricity. Most people think of Thomas Edison as the inventor of the electric light bulb.

Did you know that he was self-taught? This means that he was a thinking man. He taught himself whatever it was he wanted to know. Some of the things he wanted to know hadn’t been learned yet. So he discovered them as he went along. You can do that too. The important thing in science is to follow the scientific method. Then you can do what you want to do, like he did.

But it isn’t that simple. Thomas Edison is the one who coined the phrase, "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Alva Edison, Harper's Monthly (September 1932). He was an unusual man from the very beginning, though. He claimed that he had a pet unicorn when he was just 5 years old. Most everyone else on this earth believes that the unicorn is a mythological animal. See how he maneuvered his imagination into very beneficial channels during his lifetime.

Would you like to make your own light bulb?

You’ll need the following materials:

  1. Awl, which is like a screwdriver, only it has a point instead of a flat head or a Phillips head

  2. Glass jar with a lid

3.Strand of picture hanging wire. Make sure it isn’t made of copper or silver.

  1. Long finishing nail.

  2. 2 steel nails.

  3. Electrical tape.

  4. 1 yard of bell wire

  5. 1 six-volt batteries

Step 1. Punch two holes about two inches apart in the lid of the jar. These holes should be a little bit smaller than the diameter of the nails.

Step 2. Coil the picture hanging wire around the long finishing nail. Wrap the wire tightly so that you can make many coils around the nail. NOTE: The longer the wire, the more resistance there will be. The more resistance, the greater the charge. The greater the charge, the more electricity generated. This is a good thing. Leave about ¾ inch of wire on either end of the nail.

Step 3. Tape the steel nails into the holes of the lid. They should stick out about ¼ inch from the top of the lid.

Step 4. Now take the coils of wire off the finishing nail and wind the straight ends onto the pointed ends of the steel nails. The ¾ inch of wire will ensure a good connection. Put the lid on the jar and screw it on tightly so that the nails don’t slip.

Step 5. Cut two 10 inch pieces of bell wire. Strip off an inch of insulation from both ends of both pieces.

Step 6. Attach the wires to each other and their ends to either nail. Wrap the wire under the head of the nail. Make sure there is a good connection.

Step 7. Close the circuit for only a short while so that you don’t blow out your bulb.

Show somebody. You’ve done well.