Play with a variety of materials and see which yields the best result. Do some combinations generate more static? Do some generate none at all? Composition matters and kids will realize this as they explore.
Static Electricity Experiments
• 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.
Scraps of fabric (cotton, wool, nylon, polyester, etc.), plastic cling wrap, paper, PVC rods, glass rods (if available), fake fur, real fur (if available.
This lab takes about 30 mins.
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
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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