Sanity Savers, STEM Edition: Static Electric Bats

Presented by National Grid

Written By Dan Walsh
STEM Educator

Supplies ideas:  

Tissue paper, tape, scissors, markers, balloon

Length:

Build time:

5 minutes

Academic Subjects:

Science & Art

Directions for Static Bats

Did you know static electricity is the buildup of electrical charge on an object. The reason why it is called static is because the electricity stays in one stop, otherwise known as static. Today we will be showcasing this with an extra haunted activity. 

1.)    Decide on a shape such as a bat, ghost, or spider. Lightly draw the shape onto a piece of tissue paper. Add a small one-inch tab to the bottom of the shape.
2.)    Cut the entire shape out including the tab. Tape the tab to a table.
3.)    Fill the balloon up, rub the balloon in your hair.
4.)    Place the balloon above the shape and watch as static electricity causes the shape to come alive and dance!
5.)    Try out different shapes! 

Vocabulary:

Electricity– is the flow of tiny particles called electrons and protons. Electricity powers objects like lamps.
Lightning– The natural discharge of electricity for a short amount of time. Dan loved watching electricity from his window.
Volts– Much like how rulers measure in centimeters and inches, electricity is measured in volts. An electrical engineer measures volts.  

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