Check out these tried and tested static electricity activities from other STEM educational resources!

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Resource 1

Static Spinning Straw

This fun experiment from some friends at the Institute of Physics uses a drinking straw, plastic bottle cap, and cloth to create static electricity that makes a straw move! This is also a great project to get thinking about the role friction plays in static electricity.

Resource 2


Learn about electroscopes with this fun project! A device that detects electrical charge, you’ll be able to use your electroscope to figure out which objects around you build up and conduct electricity the best. You’ll need a few materials to get started, including a cup, drinking straw, tape, aluminum foil, various types of cloth or material, and a plastic ruler. Make sure to keep track of your results in the chart provided!