Brains On! High Voltage! How Electric Power Reaches Your Outlet

We use electricity all the time, but where exactly does it come from? How does it get to our homes?

It’s a fascinating journey that can start hundreds of miles from your outlet.

In the second episode of our electricity series, we trace the path electricity takes from the power plant to your light bulb. We also learn what it’s like without electricity and we hear about the rivalry between two great inventors, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

Want to hear more about electricity? Listen to the rest of our Electricity series:

Part 1: Shocking! The science of static

Part 2: High voltage! How electric power reaches your outlet

Part 3: Charged up! The science of batteries

Part 4: The nerve! Electricity in our bodies


Brains On! is an award-winning audio show for kids and families from American Public Media.

Science Topics
Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison
K-6, Middle School
4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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