Construct a Leyden jar from simple materials. Developed in the middle 1700s the orginal jars were large enough to give a significant shock. These tiny versions are safe but still give a memorable shock. Some students are delighted to shock themselves and others delight in watching them ;) 

 

Related Resources
Static Electricity Experiments

 

Concepts Addressed
• Typically only electrons leave their atoms.
• Electrons are negatively charged; protons are positively charged
• Electrons and protons create the charges behind electrostatic forces.
• Items develop different static charges depending what they are made of.

Materials Needed
paper clip; small, lidded plastic container; foil; glue; pushpin.
 

Time Required
This lab takes about 30 mins.

 

Prep Required

Assembling the Leyden jars (these last from year to year once made).


Student Sheets
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 

Static Electricity Experiment—Building Leyden Jars

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