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FW: Miller Spark Discharge Experiment

Wed May 22 09:35:24 EST 1996

Subject: RE: Miller Spark Discharge Experiment
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 1996 10:27AM

Dear Ian (and others),

     I know a teacher at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan 
(Dr. Don Snitgen of the Biology Department) who did this in a high school 
biology class before he obtained a Ph.D. and became a professor.  The 
results are quite stunning and will make a VERY strong impression on your 

     I concur with the below message about being VERY sure to keep the O2 
out.  Dr. Snitgen also had the switch to turn on the apparatus at the door 
to the classroom.  He took the class out in the hall and threw the switch to 
see what happened.  After several minutes (I forget how long), they figured 
it had not blown up, and went back into the room.

     I would say take careful precautions, build your device carefully, keep 
it a little small so the size of a potential explosion is reduced and do it! 
 You will generate an enthusiasm for science inside and out of your 
classroom like you have never seen.  It will give these kids (as well as any 
others they talk to) something they will remember and think about the rest 
of their lives!  It might also boost your next years enrollment in the class 

Steve Edinger
EdingerS at Mail.OUCOM.OhioU.EDU
Office  (614) 593-9484
064 Irvine Hall
Department of Biological Sciences
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio  45701

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