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Science Central readies 'Electricity' exhibit for Saturday opening

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 12:01 am

At Science Central, workers are putting the finishing touches on a new traveling exhibit, “Electricity,” designed to showcase principles of electricity through early devices, most designed when human-harnessed electricity was still something of a novelty.

The exhibit will be part of the attractions at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., from Saturday through Jan. 5, 2014. It is sponsored by BAE Systems.

Developed by The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the fundamental scientific principles behind electricity are explored and presented through hands-on units. Visitors can safely examine such concepts as static electricity and live current; motors, batteries and wires; attraction and repulsion; sparks, charge and discharge; voltage, AC and DC; magnetic fields and magnetic motion; lights, telegraphs and transmitters and more.

In addition to the Franklin Institute exhibit components, artifacts from the work of Philo T. Farnsworth during his tenure in Fort Wayne will also be on display. These artifacts are on loan courtesy of Exelis Corporation. Farnsworth is credited as being the inventor of television, and spent many years working in Fort Wayne for ITT, now Exelis.