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The Mysterious Force...

There is a mysterious force at work in your home! This mysterious force is found nearly everywhere. Your help is needed to describe how the force works and to identify what it is. Are you ready? Will you accept this assignment? Beware! What you find just might be shocking!

To identify the mysterious force, you must first find out exactly what it does. Do the following activities and describe what happens.


Do it!

  • Blow up a balloon and tie it off. Gently rub the balloon against your shirt for ten seconds. Place the balloon next to the wall.  What happened?
  • Hold a comb over a few tiny pieces of paper. Lift the comb. Now rub the comb with a piece of cloth or fur. Hold the comb over a few tiny pieces of paper again. What happened?
  • Put on a pair of shoes with leather (not rubber or plastic) soles (the bottom of the shoe). Go into a carpeted room. Rub the bottom of your feet on the carpet as you walk across the carpet. Do not pick up your feet. Now touch a friend! What happened?

What is this mysterious force that you made? Can you name it? Use this page as your launchpad for doing these electricity-related activities.

Here It Comes! Circuit Parts
Testing ... 1, 2, 3 Change and Test It!
Static Power What Am I Made Of?
Static Reactions I Made It Myself!


Get the plug-ins: Get Adobe Acrobat Reader , and Get Quicktime Player. (The QuickTime plug-in is needed to play sounds and movies correctly.)

Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.
Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

Teachers should view the Teacher Site Map to relate Sci-ber text and the USOE 5th grade science core.

Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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