Play with science at SPARK Museum

SPARK Museum is all about hands-on learning. To encourage curiosity and scientific thinking, the downtown Bellingham museum loves it when visitors interact with the process of invention. Guests at SPARK don’t just observe electrical phenomena; they take part in them. One way SPARK helps visitors feel (often literally) the shock of invention is through interactive devices, of which there are …

Electrical history: Lighting before the incandescent bulb

Back in the mid-1800s, the match revolutionized the use of artificial light. In homes and businesses at that time, oil lamps were the predominant source of light after sunset, but getting them lit was no simple task until the match arrived on the scene. Before the match, however, a number of creative attempts were made to produce a portable and …

Nominees needed for annual SPARK Award

Inspiration. The Oxford English Dictionary defines inspiration as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.” That sounds a bit like the museum, right? Mentally stimulating others to do something creative is what we are all about here at SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention. And right now, we’re looking for one special …

Spooky Science at SPARK

Demystify haunted houses and spooky special effects! Join us at SPARK and learn the science behind your favorite haunted house tricks, and how you can replicate them at home. Come play with physics, chemistry, and perhaps a little hocus pocus for a fun-filled spooky weekend! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are geared toward kids in second …

New exhibit at SPARK Museum features rare electrical artifacts

Moviegoers fascinated by the Hollywood film “The Current War” (opening in theaters Oct. 4) will be amazed at SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention in Bellingham, WA, where the collection includes actual artifacts from the historic War of the Currents involving the world’s greatest inventor and two of the world’s greatest engineers: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla. “The War …

You have 12 hours in Bellingham. What do you do?

Bellingham, you might know, is a vibrant and beautiful college town of roughly 90,000 people. We’re tucked into the northwest corner of Washington state, with a coastline that kisses the Salish Sea. We’re also within less than an hour’s drive of the pristine Mount Baker wilderness. It goes without saying, then, that there is a TON to do in and …

In early appliances, electricity was put to use around the home

In its early days, electricity — that new, seemingly magical marvel — offered a world of promise. Some of those early ideas were quixotic — even capricious, maybe, like some early claims that electricity could cure any number of medical ailments. Other early uses of electricity, however, were more firmly rooted in practicality. Take the fascinating and nascent world of …

SPARK Summer Science!

SPARK is proud to present our STEAM Summer Science Series this August! Starting Friday, August 2nd join us every weekend in August for fun STEAM powered fun for the whole family! Come play with circuits, robots, build planes, become architects and more! Summer Schedule: August 2, 3, 4: Science Week!Come make batteries out of coins, build your own toothbrush robot, …

Why give to the SPARK Museum?

“This was the best 90 minutes of my life!” Exclamations like this, from a fourth-grader on a recent SPARK Science field trip, are why we do what we do. “I will never forget that comment, how spontaneously it came from that student,” says Tana Granack, operations director here at SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention in Bellingham. “Now that I think …

Electricity: the cure for what ails you?

“Electricity: Nature’s Chief Restorer.” The words undulate across a backdrop of jagged lightning bolts and stormy skies in a brazen advertisement for Pulvermacher’s Electric Belts. It’s a bold piece of advertising — not only in its design, but also in its claims. “Self-applicable for the cure of nervous and chronic diseases without medicine.” Pulvermacher’s electric belts — one of which …