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ben_franklin_electric_fire_640x392_extBenjamin Franklin was the first person to figure out how static electricity works. In his experiments, he used wax, glass tubes, and, of course, people. He had his subjects stand on wax, rub glass tubes, and touch each other, and he observed and recorded the sparks that flew. While Franklin called the sparks he saw “electric fire,” his notion that electricity was actually collected, not created, was an important step forward in our understanding.

In this contest, your filmmaking and special effects skills are needed to explain what’s happening when we experience static electricity and how important Ben Franklin’s breakthroughs were in understanding it. In a video that is no longer than 90 seconds you must:

  • Demonstrate a discharge of static electricity by one person shocking another
  • Use the interaction to expose the definition of static electricity and demonstrate how static charges are built up
  • Explain how Ben Franklin discovered how static electricity works

All entries due by 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, October 6, 2014

  • Youth Grand Prize $1000
  • Adult Grand Prize $1000
  • Viewer’s Choice $200

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