The Shader Croft School

Turning Student Selected Real World Adventures into Stronger Reading, Writing, and Communication Skills.

John gets to contribute to the understanding and development of the next generation.

My mystery is to figure out the scientific discovery of electricity. If you were to look around yourself and imagine the Earth without electricity, ask yourself what it would be like. Everyone has a different relationship with electricity, like my sister who wastes it. Before the trip I had a few questions for John Cohn. One question was what is a conductor? Another was, what is the best conductor? My last question was, is electricity dangerous? If John was able to answer all of those questions I would feel listened to and my mission would be a success.

The student’s attention was engaged in a topic they chose.

When my group got to IBM, John C. brought us to a storage room to get the electricity inventions we needed to start the Jolts and Bolts presentation. John works at IBM making superconductors wich allow electricity to move without any problems. He wore his son’s rainbow colored lab coat. While he was doing the Jolts and Bolts, he was making everyone laugh by pushing us, while we were in our rolly chairs, with a robotic car he made with his son. John also used a pickle to make a lightbulb which should be called a picklebulb. Using static elecrticity, he made my groups’ hair stand up one by one. Then with the same machine he made rice crispies and aluminum bowls fly.  John Cohn made huge lightning bolts that were purple and contained one million volts.

John taught us how electricity works by using minivolts to megavolts to power machines.  He presented the Jolts and Bolts program with a lot of humor. John answered all of our questions. My mission was a success because everyone liked John Cohn and learned about electricity.