Observe all safety precautions. Tip: Try to use the part of the charged object that has the biggest charge the part that was rubbed the most when doing these experiments. Also, Projects work best on dry days. What Happened: Combing your hair moved electrons from your hair to the comb. The comb had a negative static charge. The neutral cereal was attracted to it.
Static Electricity Science Project For Kids: Swinging Cereal
Swinging Cereal Science Experiment by James Foulger on Prezi
Read RobinAge articles and find information for project work. What You Need: Hard rubber or plastic comb Thread Small pieces of dry cereals like puffed rice or cornflakes Method: Tie a piece of the cereal to one end of a inch piece of thread. Find a place to attach the other end so that the cereal does not hang close to anything else You can tape the thread to the edge of a table. Wash the comb and dry it well. Charge the comb by running it through long, dry hair several times or rubbing it vigorously on a wool sweater. Slowly bring the comb near the cereal. The cereal will swing to touch the comb and if you hold it for long enough, the cereal will jump away by itself.
Lela Davidson is a mother and writer, passionate about healthcare and education for women and children. Did you know ordinary cereal can be used to demonstrate the properties of static electricity in an engaging science project? Kids can learn to love science if they are given the opportunity to learn about it within the context of the word around them.