January 2011 IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to funding restrictions, we are not currently scheduling any Tesla Coil Demonstrations. Thank you for your understanding. 

The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics' Outreach Program gets students electrified about learning physics using a Tesla Coil which generates dazzling electrical arcs about 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length. You can have a Tesla Coil Demonstration at your school to get your students charged up to learn about physics.
Please select from the menu on left to find out more about Tesla Coils, our particular Tesla Coil, safety instructions regarding Tesla Coil operation, information about scheduling a Tesla Coil showing at your school, pictures and movies of the Tesla Coil in action, and cool links having to do with Tesla Coils, physics, and science in general.

"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.