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Static Electricity Experiment—Magnetic and Electrostatic Forces

How do the forces we see between magnets compare to those we see with static electricity? There is a subtle but helpful distinction which becomes evident to kids the more they investigate these phenomena. If a study of static electricity is in your future, consider adding this lab activity.

Written instructions are designed to go straight into students hands so you can literally print and go— writing prompts help focus student writing and lab sheets are available for students who need more structure and support. 
Concepts Addressed
• Like charges repel
• Unlike charges attract

Materials Needed
magic Scotch™ tape, charging rod & fabric (straw, binder clip--optional) 

Time Required
This lab takes about 30 mins.
Student Sheets
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 

Static Electricity Experiment—Magnetic and Electrostatic Forces


    Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

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