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Static Electricity Demonstration

 

This demonstration is a product of Nanodays and NISE Network (Nisenet.org). Included in your kit is a guide with directions and information of how nanotechnology is involved.

 

 

 

In this demonstration you have a tube of small balls, a tube or large balls, and a piece of fleece.

 

 

Hold the tube of large balls by the cap.

 

 

Rub it with the fleece.

 

 

Stop rubbing and hold the tube right side up. What happens?

 

 

Now hold the tube of small balls by the cap.

 

 

Rub it with the fleece.

 

 

Does the same thing happen? Look closely at the balls.

 

What's going on? Check the guide here.

Static Electricity

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This demonstration meets the following California Science Standards:

Physical Science

  • K–4: Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted
  • 5–8: Structure and properties of matter
  • 9–12: Atomic and molecular structure
  • 9–12: Motions and forces

Investigation and Experimentation

  • K–4: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions
  • 5–8: Ability to conduct scientific inquiry
  • 9–12: Formulate explanations by using logic and evidence

 

 

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