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Build a Mini Van de Graaff Generator—Classroom Set

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7278 

Price: $117.68

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Build a Mini Van de Graaff Generator for physical science and physics offers a hair-raising experience that most never forget. Building a mini Van de Graaff is a memorable event that increases understanding of the physics involved.

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The Van de Graaff generator offers a hair-raising experience that most students never forget! Having students physically build a mini Van de Graaff generator will be an even more memorable event that will give them a better understanding of the physics concepts involved in this device. The mini Van de Graaff generator stands about 18 cm tall and will generate enough charge to make the hair on a piece of animal fur stand up! As the static charge on the generator increases, various materials such as small paper pieces and tinsel can also be sent flying off its dome. A very small shock may even be felt when a fingertip is brought near the generator. Student kit comes complete with all the necessary materials to construct one mini Van de Graaff generator. The classroom set contains enough materials to construct eight mini Van de Graaff generators. Each kit includes detailed instructions, teacher notes, and student activity sheets. A 3-volt power supply is needed but not included.


Materials Included in Kit: 
DC motor, 1.5–6 V, with alligator clips on wires, 8
Plastic tubing, clear, 1" diameter, 2½" length, 8
Polyurethane, charcoal
PVC, ¾", tee
Rubber band, #64, 8
Speaker wire, 22 AWG, 16
Stoppers, rubber, black, 1-hole, size #00, 8
Tart pan, aluminum, 4½", 16
Teflon tape, ½" x 260" roll
Toothpick, red plastic, 2½", 8
Tubing, glass, 5 mm, 1" long, 8

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.
MS-PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact