Seeing a static electricity science experiment is really cool as you see things levitating in the air, just like in magic shows or Harry Potter.
Luckily you won’t need a magic wand for this science experiment, but you’ll still be able to create your own magic. Try this cool experiment at home! Remember to get an adult to help you if you need to.
With this experiment, you’re going to charge a balloon and use the electrical charges of static electricity to create flying objects! Wow, who would have known that you could do this?
You should show your teacher this experiment and see what she says…she’ll think you’re really smart.
When you rub the towel against the balloon and plastic band, this transfers a negative charge to both objects. The band floats above the balloon because the charges are the same and they will work against each other, not be attracted to one another.
When you rub a balloon on someone’s hair it picks up electrons, which leaves it negatively charged and the hair is positively charged. Opposite charges attract, so when you take the balloon closer to the hair, it will stand up on end trying to get to the charge in the balloon.
Now you know how static electricity works and you can impress all your friends, pretending you are performing a magic trick!