In this week's spotlight: an electricity project and family activity that takes the zap out of static electricity. What causes the buildup of static electricity and may cause you to get "shocked" when wearing, rubbing up against, or touching certain materials or objects? What does what the object is made of have to do with static electricity? In this project, you and your family can build a cool tool, an electroscope, to detect electric charges and test to see how different materials conduct electricity.
- "How Well Do Different Materials Create Static Electricity?" (full Science Buddies Project Idea)
- "Static Science: How Well Do Different Materials Make Static Electricity?" (science activity at Scientific American)