The Van de Graaff generator is a fun and exciting tool to teach students about static electricity and repulsive forces. This kit contains five safe and “electrifying” demonstrations that are sure to WOW your students! The included detailed safety information will help you reduce the risk of accidental shocks.
• Let the Sparks Fly—Observe sparks fly as a discharge electrode is brought near the dome of the generator.
• What a Blast—Foam peanuts shoot right out of a plastic cup. Aluminum pans fly off the dome due to repulsive electric forces.
• A Hair-Raising Experience—Use a static “hair” wand, to illustrate the classic hair-raising demonstration.
• The Neon Wand—Be amazed as a neon wand glows bright orange when brought into the electric field surrounding the Van de Graaff generator.
Kit provides vital safety information, along with detailed teacher instructions and a reproducible student worksheet.
Concepts: Conduction, electric charge, electric forces, electrostatics, Van de Graaff generator.
Time Required: 20 minutes
Materials Provided: Foam peanuts, neon wand, clear plastic cup, static "hair" wand, aluminum pans.
Note: A Van de Graaff generator and discharge electrode are needed but not included.
Additional ResourcesNo Additional Resources at the time.
Flinn Catalog/Reference Manual Page 678
Flinn Middle School Catalog/Reference Manual Page 405
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