Ben Franklin’s Electricity Party

In the 1700s, Ben Franklin and other scientists hosted parties to show off the latest discoveries in static electricity. Join the party and try out some electric parlor tricks!

  • See if you can make your hair rise by cranking up the electrostatic generator.
  • Charge a Leyden jar battery and zap the Franklin bells to make them ring.
  • Light up the sparking sign to reveal its secret picture.
  • Crank up a mini hail storm with the generator and watch how static electricity works.