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The Field Trip to "SPARK"

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S: The Spark Museum- Visions 2012

FC: To the Spark Museum

1: Mrs. Roosma

3: The Museum wanted the name to reflect what we are about," the owner said, "which is the wonder and magic of electricity." Strictly speaking, electricity is science, not magic, but the Museum's' collection of static-electricity generators, primitive batteries and crude electromagnetic coils tells the story of inventors struggling to make improvements when they hardly knew what electricity was. Rare pieces such as Thomas Edison's motor-driven electric pen help visitors appreciate the primitive origins of electricity, which eventually led to smart phones and supercomputers.

4: makin' stuff!

6: A nine-foot-tall Tesla coil generates a miniature lightning storm and a surprisingly loud electrical buzz and pop.


10: Can't Stop the Music

13: Watching, Listening and Learning....

14: Science

18: Vision CLASS OF 2012

45: The Museum is a center for education and enlightenment—a place where students can get charged about science and discovery while surrounded by one of the most significant and complete collections of its kind in the world.

46: Following a continuous thread of invention and discovery, the Museum collection contains a wealth of unique and rare artifacts dating from the earliest days of scientific electrical experiments in the 1600’s through the 1940’s and the Golden Age of Radio. Artifacts from the laboratories of the early pioneers of electricity, from magnets and Leyden jars to Edison light bulbs, magnificent vacuum tubes and telephones all are well represented.

47: Over 1,000 radios are in the collection, ranging from the early “Herzian-wave” devices, to a complete set of early Atwater Kent “breadboards,” all the way to scores of exceptional and beautifully crafted floor and table-top radios. The collection also includes rare music boxes, early phonographs, and many examples of radio broadcasting technology and memorabilia from the best-known radio companies and broadcasters. | Other rare pieces include the largest collection of 19th century electromagnetic apparatus found in any private facility, and rare and original books, treatises and scientific papers by such authors as Gilbert, Newton, Galileo, Benjamin Franklin, Volta, Hertz, and Marconi. These texts illustrate the crucial steps and turning points in the development of electricity and radio.

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