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Sticky Static Balloons

Sticky Static Balloons

Follow FizzicsEd 150 Science Experiments:

You will need:

One water balloon

One balloon pump

One cotton shirt

Sticky static balloons science experiment - materials needed
1 Sticky static balloons science experiment - placing the water balloon on the balloon pump

Fill the water balloon with air using the balloon pump.

2 Sticky static balloons science experiment - rubbing the water balloon

Rub the balloon on your shirt quickly for 10 seconds.

3 Sticky static balloons science experiment - sticking the static balloon to a face

Place the balloon against a wall or your friend’s cheek!

Why Does This Happen?

Rubbing an object can cause it to build up an electrical charge. This happens because the rubbing action can make one object pass electrons to another. Which way the electrons travel is dependent upon what materials you are rubbing together.

A loss of electrons makes an object positively charged and a gain of electrons makes an object negatively charged.

Opposite charges attract, like charges repel.

So how does the balloon work? The charge built up on the balloon is the opposite to the charge of the surface that it sticks to.

Opposites attract!

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