Why do some buildings have lightning rods? Scholars explore the movement and attraction of opposing electrical charges through a simulation of a lightning rod. They control the cloud height, charge separation, and if the lightning rod is on or off. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Explain why lightning rods aren't used as often any more and what has replaced them
Classroom Considerations

  • Users must have a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Assumes prior knowledge of voltage and electrical charges

  • Displays the electric field and potential energy for each trial
  • Includes challenge questions within the simulation

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