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Duke Energy Explorium

As our official school year is starting to wind down, we have begun taking quite a few field trips. This week we went with a couple of other homeschooling families to the Duke Energy Explorium to learn all about various forms of energy and how they are generated. We focused mainly on 2 forms of energy-electrical and nuclear.

Upon entering, there was plenty of visual stimulation to spark my young scientists’ curiosity.

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Having only touched on electricity lightly in the past, I was pleased when my kids’ response to the “History of Electricity” display was the statement that they “already knew all about that, of course.”

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We then moved on to the displays that told us all about how a generator operates in order to produce electricity.

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The boys especially liked the model that lit up as it went through the various components of the generator.

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We then learned about how nuclear energy is produced. (Apparently, I was the only one who found this a little freaky. Call me weird, but start talking about “nuclear” and “radiation” and I get jittery.)

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After we finished the tour, we went on a nature walk on the trails nearby, which were right on the lake.

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Did we have a good time? Yes. Will we go again? Not sure. It was a little freaky being so close to that nuclear plant. Also, I really think, as did the other moms who went with us, that the explorium would benefit greatly from tour guides to explain things and give interesting facts, etc.

I am grateful, however, that our visit sparked an interest in learning more about various forms of energy. Loving handouts and worksheets as I do, I made each of my boys a book of information and activities that went more in depth about the subjects. Here is the best place we found for Infobooks and corresponding Activities. Enjoy!

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