Super Static Wand
Electricity is a form of energy produced when there is an imbalance of electrons in atoms. Atoms are the building blocks of all matter. Atoms consist of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons (positive charge) and neutrons (no charge) are found in an atom’s nucleus. Electrons orbit the nucleus and have a negative charge.
In this activity, your first task is to rub a piece of wool repeatedly over a PVC pipe. Then, wave your “super static wand” over some paper or cereal and observe what happens. In your second task, rub a piece of wool repeatedly over a PVC pipe again. Then, bring your “super static wand” near an empty, clean, and dry soda can laying on its side and observe what happens.
Can you think of another time you encountered static electricity?