Static Electricity

The Static Electricity worksheet from MatchCard Science compares static and current electricity and guides students' exploration of negative charges.

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What is Static Electricity?

Objective: Compare static and current electricity.

A static charge is a negative charge that stays on the surface of an item. It occurs because electrons attached to the surface of the object. The negatively charged object then attracts other objects.

This MatchCard compares static and current electricity. You may want to review the Electrical Circuit MatchCard (MatchCard #9) in order to compare static and current electricity.

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This is MatchCard #10 of the Light and Energy Unit Study. Find more information on MatchCard Science below.

Activities

Get a Charge

First we want to charge the surface of an object. Here are some common objects used for these demonstrations:
How do we charge these objects? You will need to rub the object against an object that is usually already charged. Here are common objects:

Let's Experiment

Here are some fun ways to demonstrate static electricity:


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