High voltage! How electric power reaches your outlet

We use electricity all the time, but where exactly does it come from? How does it get to our homes? It’s a fascinating journey that can start hundreds of miles from your outlet.

In this episode we trace the path electricity takes from the power plant to your light bulb. We also learn what it’s like without electricity and we hear about the rivalry between two great inventors, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

This is the second in a four-part series:

• Part One: Shocking! The science of static

• Part Three: Charged up! The science of batteries

• Part Four: The nerve! Electricity in our bodies

Special thanks to the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis for their help with this series!