While honey may be the most well-known product from the beehive, honey bees' greatest impact is through pollination of food crops. But how do honey bees collect pollen? They use an invisible force called static electricity Today, I have a neat activity for you to try. With these experiments, you will be able to see and feel static electricity as it pulls on different items.
Move It - Salt and Pepper on Plate with a Spoon
Step 1) Pour about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper onto a plate.
Step 2) To combine, stir the ingredients with your finger and then spread the pile out into a thin layer.
Step 3) Rub the spoon through your hair or on a piece of wool for about 1 minute.
Step 4) Slowly move the spoon, almost touching the plate, across the salt and pepper. What happened? The pepper weighs less than the salt and is lifted up by static electricity. To remove the pepper, simply touch the pepper flakes or gently tap the comb against the plate.
See it - Balloon and Hair
Step 1) Take a rubber balloon and inflate it to nearly its full size, stretching the rubber tight.
Step 2) Rub the balloon vigorously on unpinned hair for a full minute.
Step 3) Slowly lift the balloon away from your hair and watch the hair stand up towards the balloon! If you move the balloon close to your hair again, the hair will bend towards the balloon as it comes close.
Tips: This experiment works best on thin or naturally blond hair. If your hair is shorter, you may want to stand in front of a mirror to see the full effect. Alternatively, you can try this process on your arm hair.
Feel It - Feet and Doorknob
Step 1) Put on your shoes and move to a carpeted area.
Step 2) Shuffle your feet across the carpet for about 1-2 minutes. This will build a small electrical imbalance, creating static electricity.
Step 3) Shuffle over to the nearest doorknob and touch the handle. You will feel a quick zap that shows the static electricity discharging and returning to normal levels. If you want to feel the zap again, you will need to start again by shuffling on the floor.