Special Open House at Augustana College - "Franklin is Electric!"
Sunday, May 7, 2006 from 1:00-4:00 pm
First Floor, Science Building

In conjunction with the nationwide celebration of the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the Augustana Chapter of the Society of Physics Students hosted a "Franklin is Electric!" Open House. The free public demonstrations were aimed at upper-elementary-school children.  The open house presented demonstrations introducing the investigations and inventions of Ben Franklin in many areas of science.

1.  Electricity and Magnetism. There were demonstrations such as a Van de Graaff generator and discharge tubes, in honor of Franklin's famous work with lightning and electricity.
2.  Thermodynamics.  Demonstrations using heat, cold, and infrared radiation, in honor of Franklin's invention of the Ben Franklin stove and his studies of the radiation of  heat. 
3.  Acoustics. Sound and wave demonstrations, including music played on wine glasses, honor Franklin's invention of the glass armonica.
4.  Astronomy.  Ben Franklin invented the notion of Daylight Savings Time, and in his honor, we demonstrated the astronomical cause of the changing length of  days with seasons and other astronomical phenomena.

Here are some photographs taken at the open house on May 7, 2006.


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