Static Electricity

Last week the kids did the Young Scientists Club kit number 26 on static electricity. They had fun with it.

They showed how two balloons hanging on strings next to each other touch.
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Then they rubbed the balloons on their hair.
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And watched how the static electricity they created makes the balloons repel each other.
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They showed how balloons charged with static electricity attracts your hair when you hold it away from your head.
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They made balloons charged with static electricity hang on chairs and the walls.
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They made Rice Krispies “jump” up onto a balloon charged with static electricity (bad picture, but this was Cameron’s favorite experiment from the kit).
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They did other experiments that are not pictured, too. They showed how things charged with static electricity react to humidity and to dryer sheets. They made running water bend toward something charged with static electricity. Ani especially loved that one.

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