Library staff created Library To-Go Kits for those who are missing our library programs. Supplies are limited, though, so if you can't get to the library in time, we have you covered. Today we will share the content in this week's Science Kit.
DISCOVERING STATIC ELECTRICITY
Have you ever walked across the room to pet your dog, but got a shock instead? Or have you taken your hat off on a dry winter’s day and your hair began to crackle and stick out straight? What is going on here? All physical objects are made up of atoms. Inside an atom are protons, electrons and neutrons. The protons are positively charged, the electrons are negatively charged, and the neutrons are neutral. Most of the time there is an equal number of positive and negative charges everywhere.
Static electricity is formed when something picks up extra electrons or negative charges. When your shoes rub across the carpet or the hat rubs your hair electrons are transferred. Now the object is no longer neutral and strange things can happen. Let’s do a couple experiments and discover more about static electricity! To get instructions for our static electricity experiments and a list of related books, click on "Continue Reading..." below.