The electrons in the atom are where electricity gets its name. In some elements, there are electrons on the outside of the atom that, when a force is applied, can come loose and move to another atom. When a bunch of atoms are together and electrons are moving from one atom to the other in the same direction, this is called electricity. Electricity is the "flow" of permission.
Artist rendering of the first power plant called Pearl Street Station in 1882.
A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts, and it lasts less than one second!
A 600 megawatt natural gas plant can power 220,000 homes
Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, but he did prove that lightning is a form of electrical energy.
Electricity travels at the speed of light -- more than 186,000 miles per second!
A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts.
Lightning is a discharge of electricity in the atmosphere. Lightning bolts can travel at around 130,000 miles per hour and reach nearly 54,000 °F in temperature.
Electric eels can produce strong electric shocks of around 500 volts for both self-defense and hunting.
Have you ever wondered why birds sitting on a power line don’t get electrocuted? If a bird sits on just one power line it is safe. However, if the bird touches another line with a wing or a foot, it creates a circuit, causing the electricity to flow through the bird’s body. This results in electrocution.