Academic journal article Teaching Science

Static Ideas

Academic journal article Teaching Science

Static Ideas

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Curriculum focus

Science inquiry skills: Planning and conducting, evaluating and communicating

Science understanding: Physical science, Year 6

Science enquiry skills: Questioning and predicting, planning and conducting, evaluating and communicating

Student aims

You will design and conduct your own experiment on static electricity.

You will need

* Different materials to rub together

* Different materials to pick up

* A positive control (a material from the previous experiment that was found to have high activity near static electricity)

What to do

Think about your results from the 'Sticky static challenge' experiment. How could you use your observations to develop a new experiment? Below are some potential topics for further investigation.

* Can you use static electricity to move a thin trickle of water flowing from a tap without touching the water?

* Can you use static electricity to make some types of light globes glow?

* Repeat the 'Sticky static challenge' using a comb, aluminium cooking tray, plastic ruler or drinking glass instead of a balloon.

* Investigate which weather conditions produce the most static electricity.

* Investigate which types of shoes produce the most static electricity when rubbed against carpet.

Note: Use your positive control to test whether you are producing static electricity. …

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