• Question: What is a spark-o-phone?

    Asked by Aimee to Scott on 17 Mar 2016.
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      Scott Lawrie answered on 17 Mar 2016:

      Ah ha you’ve discovered my master plan!

      People don’t often get to see the interesting effects of electricity: they mostly just know about it as a plug in the wall to charge their phone. Sparks and static electricity don’t often get shown off because they can be dangerous! I want to show students fun, safe experiments that can be done with high voltage sparks. I already regularly show off a van de Graff generator but am on the look-out for other demos. I think an electrical pipe organ (or sparking xylophone… spark-o-phone!) will be a musical, exciting way of demonstrating electricity!

      If you like the sound of that, you know what to do 😉