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FABULOUS FLOWER FUN

Make an electro-static flower to demonstrate how similar charges repel

Suitable For

Grade 4

Difficulty

2

Time Required

 <12 Hours

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

The rule for static electricity is that different (opposite) charges attracts, while the same (equal) charges repel one another. Static electricity can be demonstrated in many ways. Make an amusing electro-static flower to show how similar charges repel one another in the following scientific experiment:

Topics covered

Static electricity, Insulator, Friction

What will I need?

  • BALLOON
  • WIRE HANGER
  • TISSUE PAPER
  • PENCIL
  • STICKY TAPE
  • DRY CLEANING PLASTIC BAG
  • SCISSORS

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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This science experiment works because all objects have both ‘positively’ charged electrical particles called ‘protons’, as well as ‘negatively’ charged particles called ‘electrons’. Normally, objects are in a neutral state and the protons and electrons cancel each other out. The balloon is given a strong negative electrical charge when rubbed against the ‘polyethylene’ bag and this charge is transferred through the wire to the ‘petals’, so that they also become negatively charged. Since similar charges repel one another, all of the ‘petals’ stand straight and pushes away from each other.

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