Static Flyer – The Flying Bag
Charge a balloon and use the electrical charges of static electricity to create flying objects!
Who needs a magic wand to create levitating objects when you have a balloon? Well, if you know how static electricity works, you won't need a wand! In the Static Flyer experiment, we'll teach you how understanding electrical charges can result in a trick that would make Harry Potter, Gandalf the Grey, and even Merlin jealous.
- Cotton towel
- Plastic produce bag
- Use a pair of scissors to cut a strip from the open end of the produce bag. Once the strip is cut, you should have a plastic band or ring.
- Blow up a balloon to its full size and tie off the end.
- Rub the cotton towel over the surface of the balloon for 30-45 seconds.
- Flatten the plastic band on a hard surface and gently rub the towel on the band for 30-45 seconds.
- Hold the plastic band about one foot over the balloon and release it. Holy guacamole… the plastic band is levitating!
Take It Further!
- What other objects can you use to levitate the plastic band?
- Are there other shapes, besides the plastic band, that you can levitate?