The Electric Life of Ben Franklin

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, 3/4 view, with his arms crossed and his glasses on his nose.

As you do your own investigations and projects with electricity, you might want to think about a STEMist from the past who was also interested in electricity: Benjamin Franklin. A Founding Father of America While Franklin is best remembered as one of America’s founders, he was also a man of many interests.  During his life he was a writer and publisher, …

ChemIsTry of Fireworks

Photograph of fireworks over an island overlaid with chemistry symbols.

Here’s the deal behind the Chemistry of Fireworks – and yes, with anything worthwhile, you really need to Try. Fireworks are created by chemistry. The colors are produced by the heating of metal salts, that emit characteristic colors. The atoms of each element absorb energy and release it as light of specific colors. The energy absorbed by an atom rearranges …