An 1840 Illustration of Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment

Kite Experiment

Ben Franklin performed this cool, but dangerous, experiment in Philadelphia with his son William Franklin. The purpose was to understand the properties of electricity better. He flew a kite with a key tied to the end of it that was attached to a special science jar. Mr. Franklin thought the key had collected electricity and was charged, and he was zapped touching the key. He published the experiment in his Pennsylvania Gazette.

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