Static electricity (British Columbia)

A shocking encounter!

Your hair stands up. Sparks fly as you’re getting dressed. Do you feel an electric discharge when you shake a friend’s hand? No doubt, you’re a victim of static electricity! Our young scientists will explore this phenomenon using our incredible Van de Graaff generator (250,000 volts) and Wimshurst machine. These experiments will make their hair stand on end!

Objectives at the elementary level:

  • Describe what electricity is.
  • Understand the concepts of atoms, electrons, protons, as well as positive and negative charges.
  • Understand how lightning is formed.
  • Distinguish between magnets and the electrostatic phenomena.
  • Know the difference between conductivity and thermal insulation.
  • Understand how this electricity manifests itself in everyday life (car, carpet or balloon)
  • Understand why static shocks are more common in winter.

Objectives at the secondary level:

  • Identify static electricity as the transfer of electrons from one body to another.
  • Be familiar with the electrification methods of a charge.
  • Associate elementary particles with their electric charge (protons, neutrons and electrons).

Describe the behaviour of electric charges opposite or of the same sign close to each other.

Our needs

  • Access to an electrical outlet is needed.
  •  Access to a whiteboard (interactive or not) is strongly recommended.
  • Five teams must be created before the science animator arrives.

Additional charges

  • Travel costs (minimum $ 25) based on distance apply.
  • In 60-minute workshops, if there are more than 5 groups on schedule, the workshops will be spread over more than one day and the transportation costs will have to be adjusted accordingly.
  • Additional fees will be charged if there is a delay of more than 90 minutes between two workshops.



Date (Please provide at least 2 dates, and if you have any restrictions for certain days of the week.)

Schedule (Please provide the full schedule of your school classes and if you prefer morning or afternoon. Note that a minimum of 5 minutes is required between workshops.)*

Is this reservation part of a MEES measure? *

If the previous answer is yes, please indicate what measure.

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