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RE: kVA Effects on Discovery Channel
Original poster: Yurtle Turtle <yurtle_t-at-yahoo-dot-com>
I totally agree with Dan here.
While some of us may have thought it was
neat/cool/interesting to make our own electromagnets
and crystal radio sets when we were very young,
science now has to compete with Nintendo, X-Box and
PlayStation 2, with surround sound on a big, wide
screen. A homemade electromagnet is boring. A crystal
radio isn't capable of being "cranked up", and only
receives talk radio.
It's gotta explode to capture a kid's attention these
days. A Tesla coil, or coin shrinker captures their
attention; even if only for a brief instant. TV shows
and commercials are much different than they were when
I grew up. Rapidly changing frames and lotsa loud
sounds. It's sensory overload. Science has to compete
with that. If you gotta cheat a little, so be it.
Maybe it'll get a few younger folks interested in our
--- Tesla list <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com> wrote:
> Original poster: "Mccauley, Daniel H"
> > Hate to sound like an
> > old geezer at age 21, but this kind of crap is
> the reason America's
> > children don't pay attention to science and
> technology these days.
> > Society tells them the details aren't important
> and they don't have to
> > understand it or know anything about it.
> I vehemently disagree with this statement. Again,
> you are assuming a
> child is intelligent enough to
> understand the difference between volts, current,
> etc... One of the most
> important thing in getting a child
> interested in science and technology is exposure.
> Even if the
> explanations are incorrect, it is ultimately
> the exposure of seeing a tesla coil working, etc...
> that provides the
> true inspiration. Once inspired, the
> child can then choose to learn more about the device
> in question on his
> own or by continuing his/her education in a science
> related degree.