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Static Electricity

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Static Electricity

In this quick activity, learners explore static electricity using a plastic comb, wool cloth, puffed rice, and a plastic bag. Use this activity to introduce learners to how static electricity is created when an object gives up or gains electrons.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Plastic comb
  • Wool cloth
  • Puffed rice
  • Large plastic bag with tie


  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Little, Carlyn; LaHart, David; Meyers, Ted; Weisblat, Brooks


  • All Rights Reserved, Museum of Science, Inc. (Miami, FL), ©1997

Funding Source:

  • Unisys


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