- One Fun Fly Stick
10 tinsel shapes
- Four medium spheres
- Two large spheres
- Two hourglass shapes
- One medium ring
- One large ring
- One neon lamp
- One plastic film
- One plastic film with foil strips
- Two metal plates
- Two rubber bands
- One plastic support base with slits
- One paper-covered plastic cylinder
- Six aluminum cupcake pans
- One bead on a short fishing line
- One bead on a long fishing line
- Two short straight pins
- One pin hanger
- One tinsel tassel
- One "Z-Spinner"
- One polybag
- One small paper poster
**2 AA-batteries not included**
How does it work?
Press the button on the Fun Fly Stick for a few seconds to generate a negative static charge. Drop the tinsel shape onto the stick to quickly transfer the negative charge to the tinsel. Since like charges repel each other, the negatively charged tinsel shape floats above the negatively charged stick. If you want to impress someone with your newly acquired knowledge, just tell them that the Fun Fly Stick is a demonstration of "electrostatic propulsion and the repulsion of like charges." Okay, if you really want to impress someone, just make the shapes float! If you want to know how the rest of the experiments work, you'll have to read the activity guide!
What does it teach?
The Fun Fly Stick is a wand that includes a small Van de Graaff generator that creates a static-electric charge by separating electrons and protons. All you have to do is a press a button and you've created enough static electricity to levitate items! It's the perfect way for young scientists to experience the power of electric charges, attraction, and repulsion.
Science Fair Connection:
You can do a lot of awesome things with the Fun Fly Stick Science Kit, but can you use it to conduct a science fair project? Sure you can! There are a number of experiments in the activity guide that only need one thing, a variable, to be a perfect and original science fair project. A variable is a factor of an experiment that can be changed or altered during each experiment. Here are some examples:
- Bending Water experiment - Try testing different liquids.
- Flying Saucers - Try to find other materials, shaped like pie-pans, that will fly.
Those are just a couple of variables and experiments that you could try, but their are ton of other experiments! You can use whatever experiment, and whatever variable you want. Just remember, once you identify your variable, you have to keep the rest of your experiment the same!
Fun Fly Stick Science Kit
October 17th, 2012
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