You may not think about it often or at all…unless it goes out. Look around your house right now and observe the everyday items in your house right now that require either electricity or batteries. I am betting you are surprised at just how many things in your life require power to run. How does it work? What are the related terms for electricity?
During the hot summer months we love our a/c and fans. They keep us cool and comfortable. So how do these awesome gadgets get their power? The answer would be electricity.
Let’s explore it together in this brief overview.
Everything in our world is made up of little things called atoms. You can’t see them but they are everywhere.
Atoms: the smallest particle of a substance that can exist by itself or be combined with other atoms to form a molecule.
Each atom has even smaller parts in it called electrons. Electrons can move from atom to atom. When one electron moves to the next it forces another electron to move on.
A river is an awesome example to picture in your mind if you are trying to explain how electricity works. The steady flow of water keeps the river moving towards a lake or ocean. The steady flow of water is similar to the current. The current of electricity moves along the same way in a wire.
Imagine a world where you couldn’t turn on a light, a computer, or even use the phone! Yikes,right? Obviously, electricity is important to us in our everyday lives. That’s why it’s time to rethink our relationship with this valuable resource and figure out how we can do our part to use it wisely.