For many years, the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics’ Outreach Program got students electrified about learning physics using a Tesla Coil which generates dazzling electrical arcs about 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length. We would bring a Tesla Coil Demonstration to many schools to get the students charged up to learn about physics.

Tesla Coil Archive:

Our last Tesla Coil Demo was held in January of 2011.

“In The News!”
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Tesla Coil Presentation at Orcutt Academy makes the Santa Maria Times!! Check out the video!!
Tesla Coil Presentation at Maker Faire 2008 appears in a New York Times article!
Tesla Coil Presentation at Maker Faire 2008 appears in a 2nd New York Times article!
March 2008 Tesla Coil Presentation at Paso Robles HS makes the news!
Online news article about our Tesla Coil program and one of our professors.

Quicktime Movie from Aptos High School Summer Program (50 meg)
German News Broadcast Quicktime Movie from Independence High School (2 meg)
News story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel regarding our Tesla Coil Demonstration at Spring Hill Elementary. (Online)
A brief story in the Palo Alto Weekly newspaper regarding the demo we did at Palo Alto High School on March 5th, 2004.