Updated 04/21/2011 06:04 AM
Father of modern electricity visits the MOST
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Students of all ages got to meet the father of modern electricity Wednesday at the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse. Nikola Tesla performed at the MOST as part of Syracuse Stage's Backstory program.
Tesla, an inventor from the late 1800s, is often overshadowed by Thomas Edison. But, in fact, it was Tesla who invented alternating-current electricity, which we use today. He's also responsible for wireless communication and the remote control.
Actors are hoping to pass all this knowledge on to today's youth and maybe spark an interest.
Nikola Tesla will be at the MOST daily through April 22nd at 12:30 p.m.
"It's entertaining and it's a lot of fun, but it's a way of capturing the attention of young elementary school, middle school and high school students who may be interested in science or even performing and it's a way to sort of capture both and teach, as well as entertain," said Tesla.
There are more performances scheduled at the MOST for Thursday and Friday from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Our parent company, Time Warner Cable, highlights initiatives like this with "Connect a Million Minds." The company is sponsoring programs and buying equipment to give students a hands on learning experience. And YNN wants to recognize local middle and high school students who excel in science, technology, engineering or math with a new Connect a Million Minds Student of the Month Award. Go to the Connect a Million Minds box on the front page of ynn.com for more information on both programs and a nomination form.