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The Van de Graaff Generator—Multi-Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7274 

Price: $38.06

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The Van de Graaff Generator Demonstration Kit for physical science and physics is a fun and exciting tool to learn about safety static electricity. Kit contains five safe and “electrifying” demonstrations that are sure to WOW students.

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The Van de Graaff generator is a fun and exciting tool to teach students about static electricity. 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 flying sparks 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.
• Flying Saucers!—Stacked tart pans fly off the generator dome one by one.
• 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
Note: A Van de Graaff generator and discharge electrode are required and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Cup, tall, clear plastic, 10 oz
Neon wand
Styrofoam peanuts, 15
Tart pan, aluminum, 4½", 5
Wand with thin strands

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS3.C: Relationship between Energy and Forces

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-3: Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.
HS-PS2-5: Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that an electric current can produce a magnetic field and that a changing magnetic field can produce an electric current.
HS-PS3-5: Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.
MS-PS2-3: Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces