NEWPORT BEACH — Mariners Elementary School second-graders came up with answers for who "invented" electricity — Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison, they responded — but the question turned out to be a trick.
A learning trick, that is.
"But you guys, nobody invented electricity," said Alicia Kercheville, speaker for Science on the Go. "Electricity has always been here."
Mariners hosted Science on the Go, a mobile program that gives hands-on science lessons to students around Southern California, so each grade level can get an extra lesson on electricity.
In the second-grade demonstration March 25, students learned about the difference between static and current electricity, safety tips for using electrical objects, including during thunderstorms, and had a chance to see how electricity works first-hand through a number of kid-friendly activities.
"It was cool," said 7-year-old Katelyn Christensen. "I kind of knew some of it, but I didn't know all of it."