SPARK’s Education programs inspire critical thinking by celebrating the history of the scientific method through the study of electricity and the natural world. Our goal is to get every student excited about science and help inspire a lifetime of self-learning.
Presentation curriculum will be modified to accommodate the student grade level and any specific subject to be emphasized, e.g. magnetism, sound, American history, etc.
All programs support Washington State science standards.
To request a field trip visit, please use the following form. Call 360.738.3886 for more information.
SPARK Gallery Tours including Tesla Coil Demonstration
SPARK Education Gallery Tours and Demonstrations are designed to amaze and inspire students of all ages and backgrounds. Knowledgeable docents focus tours on specified artifacts and collections, which include variety of early electrical devices, authentic Edison cylinder phonographs, early electronic musical instruments (theremin), our hands-on Static Electricity Lab, rare motors, early batteries, telegraphs, telephones and more. A variety of Tesla coils (lightning machines) are part of this dynamic demonstration.(Groups can request a MegaZapper demonstration for an additional fee.)
- Ages: Kindergarten – Senior Citizens
- Cost: $8 grades K-12 / $10 adults
- MegaZapper demo: $45
- Duration: 1-2 hours (age appropriate)
- Dates: Year-round; Wednesday-Friday
- Minimum: 12, Maximum: 48
SPARK Science, featuring The MegaZapper!
What is lightning? Is it possible to reanimate matter? Can electrical energy be sent without wires? How do we know what we know? Let’s find out!
In this 60-70 minute presentation students will witness the dynamic process of invention & discovery as specially trained educators demonstrate a variety of mind-blowing electrical machines and devices, including The MegaZapper, one of the largest Tesla coils in the Country. Through the discovery and manipulation of electricity, magnetism, sound and other forms of energy, students will learn how to investigate and identify problems—and more importantly—how to obtain, test and evaluate evidence via the marvelous early history of scientific method.
Subjects and topics include:
An introduction to scientific method (William Gilbert), “Nature’s Electricity”, magnetism, the electromagnetic spectrum, batteries, AC/DC & the War of the Currents, sound & mass communication, Nikola Tesla & wireless electrical energy, counter-intuitive science, Maxwell’s equations and more. Student and audience participation encouraged.
- Grades 3 and up
- Cost: $8 per student, $10 per adult
- Duration 60 – 75 minutes
- Available Tuesday-Friday, year round
- Minimum: 15 people Maximum: 100 people