From Accident to Aliens

By Hannah Durland Picture this: You’re watching an old sci-fi movie. The scene opens with a slow pan over an alien landscape. Nothing has happened yet, but the heroes still walk forward with apprehension. Everyone is waiting for the break in the tension, for something to happen. Then, a strange high-pitched sound is played, announcing the arrival of the alien …

Stairway to Halloween Heaven

It’s that time of year again when the air gets cooler and the nights get longer. It’s the spooky season coming our way, and no getting around it. The fact is Halloween would be a lot less spooky if not for some of the fantastic electrical devices on display at the SPARK Museum. Just going through the “A list” of …

Illuminating a Nation

Whenever folks are asked to think of something useful that uses electricity, the lightbulb is almost always an immediate response. You remember, those round little bulbs with the wires inside—those little ships-in-a-bottle—that can burn the prints right off your fingertips? To put it simply, we think the lightbulb is the greatest electrical appliance ever created, and with good reason. It …

The Mysterious Mr. Collins

In 2003—after over one hundred years of research and experimentation, after millions of miles of wire and cable strung all over the planet—wireless telegraphy had finally become the dominant force in telecommunications. For the first time since its introduction in 1892, the land-line telephone had dropped in world-wide popularity and has been dropping like a rock ever since.

The Power of Partnership

On June 3rd, SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention and the Women in Leadership Group at EnerSys, came together to host the Museum’s first ever Girls STEM Night.

Just Passing Through

Since the beginning of time people have looked up to the sky and wondered about our relationship to the celestial world above and everything in- between. Lightning has always been a baffling wonderment.

Filling The Air With Music

The ‘Sarnoff speaker’ is considered the rarest, most exotic, and expensive horn receiver in existence today. Considered too valuable to reproduce, this beautifully crafted speaker has a permanent home at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention. The remarkable story of how this one-of-a-kind speaker came into existence, and how the Museum ultimately acquired it, begins at the turn of the …

Newton’s Noggin

“There goes the man who writt a book neither he nor anybody else understands.”  – Cambridge University student,1688 So goes the joke that made the rounds in England’s academic circles regarding the reclusive Professor Isaac Newton (1642-1726), and his recently published book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy’ (1687), often referred to as the Principia.  The Principia is widely considered the …