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WMS sixth-graders attend electrifying presentation

Danni Dancer and Anika Taylor, presenters from the Bakken Museum, entertain and educate students with their electrifying performance as Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. (Erin Trester/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON — The Minneapolis-based Bakken Museum gave an electrifying presentation to sixth- graders Tuesday in the Worthington Middle School cafeteria.

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The Bakken Museum is a non-profit organization that educates people of all ages about the history and nature of electricity and magnetism. Tuesday’s presentation was titled “War of Currents.”

“Instead of trying to combine all the history of electricity into one show, we picked one specific story — the ‘war’ between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla,” explained Anika Taylor, a presenter from the museum.

Students learned about electrical generation, transmission and conservation through the story of Tesla and Edison and their historic debate over alternating current versus direct current.

The interactive presentation is designed to empower students to think about how they can help solve the energy challenges the world faces today.

The museum hosts presentations and shows for all ages throughout the Twin Cities region. This is the first year it has expanded its outreach to Greater Minnesota.

“I saw them while I was at a conference in Minneapolis,” said Ann Thier, a sixth-grade science teacher at WMS. “There were a lot of presentations that were shown to us that day, and this one was my favorite one. I really think this will get kids excited about science.”

Through a partnership with Nobles Cooperative Electric and Great River Energy, the presentation was free for the school. Great River Energy is a non-profit wholesale electric company of which Nobles Cooperative Electric is an owner/member.

“This is the first year that we have done something like this,” said Lori Buffington, communications specialist at Great River Energy. “We just want to help teachers get their students excited about science.”

The Bakken Museum has a variety of shows, workshops and programs for every grade. For more information, visit www.thebakken.org.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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