Balloon Static Electricity
- hair or cloth
First take the balloon and blow it up and tie it off just like you would do for a birthday party. Then take that balloon and rub it on your head!
If that does not work or you have really short hair, try rubbing different types of cloth. Especially those itchy winter sweaters! There are many different types of cloth that can make static electricity.
Static electricity is the build up of electrons. Electrons are the tiny part of a particle that makes electricity work. The word static just means that they are not moving. That means that static electricity is just electricity that is not moving.
Electrons are said to have a negative charge and their opposite counter part, protons, have a positive charge. Just like magnets, opposites attract and similar charges repel. This is why after this experiment your hair may look a little goofy. By rubbing the balloon on your head, all the electrons are moving to the same place which means that all of your hair fibers have the same charge. Your hair is repelling all the rest of your hair!
Try different materials to generate static electricity. Then see if the balloon will stick to things. A lot of times your can get the balloon to stick to your cloths, your hair, or even a wall! Try this out and let us know how it works!