Balloons and Static Electricity

Like all electricity, static electricity flows at the speed of light, or 186,282 miles/second. The interactive simulation shows how like charges repel like charges and opposites attract. The user can choose either one or two balloons, a wall or no wall, showing charges or not, and then manipulate the scene. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a demonstration for class(es) or place computer/simulation at a station during a day of electricity stations
Classroom Considerations

  • Simulation best fits elementary and middle school learners
  • Teachers can set up a free account and then have access to lesson plans, teacher tips, and video primers
Pros

  • Simple, easy simulation to use for all ages
  • Utilizes quality graphics
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS