Monday, April 21, 2014

Power Stations and Transformers

It was quite interesting to learn about the electric grid and how power stations distribute electricity. We really liked the book Wired and there were several other good ones at the library as well. We have talked quite a lot about hydroelectric power and how it generates electricity, and about nuclear power and how it generates electricity, but we hadn't really talked about what happens to that electricity once it has left the power plant, so that was cool to learn.
Once we'd learned about electrical substations, we started seeing them everywhere, which was quite exciting, as I'm sure you can imagine. :)
Here's a video about how transformers work, although I think we had a book that explained it better.

This movie was also interesting, about how "the grid" is powered

Here's a virtual Power Plant Tour you can take

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