Franklin and Electrostatics - Ben Franklin as my Lab Partner Documents

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Franklin and electrostatics - Ben Franklin as my lab partner 

written by Robert Morse
published by the Wright Center for Science Education Tufts University

This unique resource integrates the scientific work of Ben Franklin with lab procedures for replicating historic experiments in secondary classrooms. Writings and historical observations are woven into lab descriptions to give students a better insight into Franklin's work. Videos of some of the experiments are also provided. This introductory section describes the history of Franklin's work, and provides details of the equipment that will be used for the entire unit.

Copyright, Robert A. Morse and Tufts University.

Published September 1, 2004
Last Modified August 11, 2011

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Primary Documents

Generator Template 

This file contains the template for the sides of the generator used in the Ben Franklin experiments.

Copyright, Robert Morse and Tufts University

Published September 1, 2004
Last Modified July 27, 2011

Supplemental Documents (3)

Pointy Tab - Blunt Tab Experiment Movie 

This movie shows a number of electrostatics experiments performed with cellophane tape and other common household objects. It illustrates some of the activities in the "Ben Franklin as my  Lab Partner" curriculum materials.

This material is copyrighted by the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University. It may be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution.

Published January 1, 2005
Last Modified April 6, 2006

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Drawing the Fire Movie 

This movie demonstrates the charging of objects, and people, what Franklin described as "Drawing the Fire". It illustrates some of the activities in the "Ben Franklin as my Lab Partner" curriculum materials.

This material is copyrighted by the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University. It may be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution.

Published January 1, 2005
Last Modified April 6, 2006

Building the Film Can Leyden Jar Movie 

This movie shows the steps in building a Leyden Jar out of a film can and aluminum foil. Several of these will be used in electrostatics experiments that are part of the "Ben Franklin as my Lab Partner" activities.

This material is copyrighted by the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University. It may be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution.

Published January 1, 2005
Last Modified April 6, 2006