The Energy Stick is the newest tool in experimenting with open and closed circuits. Completely safe to touch and handle, the Energy Stick features electrodes on each end of its 7.5" long tube. When these electrodes are touched simultaneously, long-lasting LED lights inside the tube flash and the tube makes a noise. Release one or both of the electrodes and the flashing lights and noise stop. Do it over and over again... it works every time!
That's awesome, but did you know that you can do the same thing with an entire circle of people? It's true! Gather up an entire class, youth group, or party to hold hands in a circle. Have one participant hold one electrode and the person next to him or her hold the other electrode. If everyone in the circle is holding hands, the Energy Stick will do its magic. But as soon as someone breaks the circle it will stop. How many people can you get to complete the circuit?
The Energy Stick looks like a toy, works using science, and makes the perfect tool for connecting scientists, students, or even employees. Implement the Energy Stick in teaching about circuits, encouraging teamwork, or forming a community… the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Now, with a pack of 4 Energy Sticks, you can take the circuit experiments to a whole new level. Break your classroom into small groups and have them test the Energy Stick apart from the others. What new experiences can you come up with?
- 4 Pack of Energy Sticks
- 7.5" long
- 1.25" diameter
What Does It Teach?
The Energy Stick is a great toy to explore the science of electricity and circuits. The Energy Stick's sensing circuit is so sensitive that it can detect even a very small amount of electricity that travels across your skin! It's completely safe, and it's a totally cool way to learn about conductors of electricity. Put one hand on the top and the other on the bottom of the Energy Stick and the flashing lights and sound maker let you know that you've completed the circuit. Try it with friends! Invite everyone to join in the fun by holding hands and forming a large circle to test their conductivity. The Energy Stick is a great visual aid and hands-on science tool that teaches young scientists about open and closed circuits as well as conductors and insulators.
Science Fair Connection
While creating a circuit using the Energy Stick is a cool and fun demonstration, it isn't a science fair project. However, by adding a variable, or something that changes with each experiment, you can easily make the Energy Stick into a centerpiece of your next science fair project!
Energy Stick™ is a trademark of Steve Spangler Science.
Great product for great fun! review by Talya on 7/3/2015
My students absolutely love this product. After we learn about the basics of circuits and electricity, it is very exciting for them to see that there is electricity running through them as well! When I ordered the pack of four, one came broken so make sure to check your delivery. I have had a couple of these for over a year and they still work! The students love getting into a circle and seeing how many students can participate in making the lights blink. When making a circle of 30 or so students, we made sure to only use the new Energy Sticks, because the older ones require more effort to light up and occasionally intervene with the human circuit.
Excellent product with exciting implications! review by Debbie on 9/29/2014
Students, teachers and parents love these. I have used them with high school students who joined hands to complete the circuit; elementary students who were so excited to see this electricity application; and also with parents at Family Science Nights. Extend by adding an apple or a banana, and have everyone predict what will happen. I also took an energy stick with me when I attended a meeting to receive a grant. When I reached out to accept the check, I was holding the stick. I explained that part of the grant would provide materials such as the energy stick. Everyone was amused and intrigued. You can't go wrong with energy sticks.
Great Fun review by Leigh Taylor on 9/20/2014
I bought these for my 5th grade science classes. My 20-something children (both science/engineering majors) wouldn't stop playing with them. I'm looking forward to using these in school.
Fabulous review by Dr Judson on 9/8/2014
Bought it for my second grader. She loves it and showed it to her science teacher who loved it so much that we bought one for her to use in class. The whole class joined in a ring and they tested almost everything in the room for conductivity. A teacher in the middle school fell in love with it so we bought her one. Teachers can't afford them on their salaries so we are buying more for them. It got a lot of use and the battery hasn't needed changing. But instructions on how to change it would be nice. But it is really fantastic.
Love the energy! review by Gianfranco Herrera on 5/5/2014
Unfortunately, the batteries are not replaceable . On the plus side, it lasts for a LONG time and it's amazing. It's great to get families/kids in a big circle. We also extended the lesson by holding on the other hand plastic wires, metal wires, stripping down a telephone cable's ends, water in a bowl, etc. for kids to guess whether or not the stick would still work.
Great for adults, too! review by Candace Fitzpatrick on 4/5/2014
We used these at a conference with adults to talk about how important it is to connect as a community, then we handed out one to each of them. You would have thought they had won the lottery! Facilitators take note - not just an educational toy for kids!
Awesome product for teaching simple circuits! review by Vance J Nannini on 12/21/2013
My students had a riot with these. We not only demonstrated simple circuits but also conductors and insulators - the students had to predict what would happen if (for example) two people held a copper wire, a piece of rope, etc. between them. We got the whole class to join hands and demonstrated open and closed circuits. Great product.
Probably would recommend it. review by Betty Griffith on 12/15/2013
The kids all loved them but one broke the first night.