This week, we discussed electricity in general - what we know about it, who "invented" it, how it works, what it does, etc. - and found that it is unexpectedly a broad topic.
We will attempt to answer some of the questions that linger in our minds about electricity in the coming days.
The first real challenge was to use a single D-cell battery, a light bulb, and one wire to figure out how to light a small light bulb. In all, we discovered four ways to make this happen.
There is a legend that says that when Thomas Edison invented his light bulb, someone in the press asked him how he felt in failing to invent the thing on his first 999 attempts. Edison remarked that he had not failed 999 times, but that he had discovered 999 ways to not make a light bulb. I ask you, is that not the positive, persevering attitude we want our children to cultivate? If a student gains that drive, there must be more to this simple science lesson than meets the eye.