What is Electricity?
Electricity is a mysterious force. We can’t see it like we see the sun. We can’t hold it like coal. We know when it is working, but it is hard to know exactly what it is.

What are atoms?
Everything is made of atoms: stars, tree, animals, and people. Atoms are the building blocks of the universe. They are very, very tiny particles. Millions of atoms would fit on the head of a pin. An atom looks like the sun with planets spinning around it. The center is the nucleus. It is made of tiny protons and neutrons. Electrons move around the nucleus in clouds, or shells, far from the nucleus. When an atom is in balance, it has the same number of protons and electrons. It can have a different number of neutrons.

How we get electricity?
The power plant makes electricity. The electricity flows through transmission lines held up by power towers. The transmission lines carry large amounts of electricity to electric poles in cities. Distribution lines carry smaller amounts of electricity from the electric poles to houses and businesses.

Electrical Safety
Electricity is amazing. We use it everyday. It gives us heat and light and runs our TV, DVD’s, computers and refrigerators. Electricity can be dangerous. It can cause fires and injuries, even death. Here are some tips to remind around electricity.

Electricity Pioneers

Ben Franklin credited with discovering electricity through his famous kite-flying experiment. Alessandro Volta, an Italian scientist created the first electric cell. It is in his honor that we measure battery power in volts.
Michael Faraday, an English scientist was the first one to realize that an electric current could be produced by passing a magnet through a copper wire. Thomas Edison designed and built the first electric power plant that was able to produce electricity and carry it to people’s homes. The Pearl Street Power Station started on September 4, 1882 in New York City.

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