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Jumping Beans

In this physics activity (page 3 of the PDF), learners will explore the concept of static electricity. They will discover how electrical charges created by friction can affect small objects as they witness beans jumping as if by their own power. Although this activity was designed to be used after a visit to a museum exhibit about electricity, it also makes an excellent stand-alone activity.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Three soybeans
  • One 11 inch clear balloon

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • All Rights Reserved, COSI Columbus, ©2009

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