Franklin Flies High With Lighting

Can lighting travel down to a key? Julyssa Saiz

PHILADELPHIA, 1752- Benjamin Franklin was 40 years old and his son watch, he knew lighting was electricity. So he used a kite and a string with metal key to see if lighting is electric. To create the kite he used silk fabric, a kite with metal rod at the top, a wet twine, silk ribbon the bottom and a metal key. He flew the kite out of a window. The lighting stroke the metal rod and Benjamin Franklin's touched the metal key a spark of fire came jumping to his hand. Benjamin Franklin's experiment with static electricity worked!


Static electricity can travel down a wet twine to a key.