Exploring Forces - Static Electricity

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"Exploring Forces - Static Electricity" is a hands-on activity in which visitors discover that electrostatic forces cause smaller balls to be suspended in a tube while larger ones fall to the bottom. They learn that size can affect the way a material behaves.


Big Idea

A material can act differently when it's nanometer-sized

Learning Goals

A material can act differently when it's nanometer-sized.

Different physical forces dominate when things get very, very small

Nano Content Map
Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.


Year created

Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.


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