#funfriday / science experiment night

the daily Starr fun friday

Kayla is entering her first science fair at school this year and tonight’s #funfriday was all about static electricity!

This might be the first time we ever worked to CREATE static haha!

Kayla and Haileigh are working together to figure out what conducts the most static electricity and why.

To measure the static, we made a homemade electroscope.

Materials used:

Aluminum pan
Styrofoam cup
Straw
Tape
Aluminum foil
Thread
Skewer

First, we used the skewer to poke holes through the cup and fit the straw through.

Then we taped the cup to the aluminum pan.

Next, we cut a small piece of aluminum foil and balled it onto a piece of thread that we taped to the straw.

Using a styrofoam plate, we tested out several items to see how much static electricity they would conduct.

A balloon
A sweater
A cotton towel
Tissue Paper
Hair

When we put the electroscope on top of the styrofoam, the piece of aluminum foil would move away from the plate if there was a charge. We then measured how far away from the plate it moved.

They were a little excited when it worked! HA! Well, Kylie wasn’t thrilled.

This was our first test – that piece of aluminum foil was sitting on top of the plate before the static charge. Pretty cool, right? I’ll save the results for their presentation in a few weeks at the science fair.

The girls also worked on their presentation.

I’m super proud – other than our help with building the electroscope, they’ve taken on this project themselves!

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