Special Open House at
Augustana College - "Franklin
Sunday, May 7, 2006
from 1:00-4:00 pm
First Floor, Science Building
with the nationwide celebration of the 300th birthday of
Franklin, the Augustana
Chapter of the Society of Physics Students hosted a
"Franklin is Electric!" Open House. The free public demonstrations
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
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
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.