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Science Experiment: Static Electricity

Hi kids, parents, and teachers! Science projects and experiments can be fun. However, be sure to always have a parent or teacher supervising to make sure things are safe!

Purpose: This experiment helps develop scientific inquiry skills and investigates the properties of static electricity and charge. For more information on static electricity and charge go to Electricity for Kids.

Materials Procedure

What causes the glass to become electrically charged when it is rubbed with the plastic bag?

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Answer Key

1. What causes the glass to become electrically charged when it is rubbed with the plastic bag?

By rubbing the plastic bag on the glass, the bag loses electrons and becomes negatively charged. When the negatively charged object (plastic bag) approaches an object with a neutral charge (glass), the object takes on a positive electrical charge.

Reference: NASA SciFiles

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