Static Electricity Activities with the FunFlyStick ™

Ron Perkins, Educational Innovationsby: Ron Perkins

This static generator amazes adults and children alike, and is the perfect static electricity demonstration for any classroom.

Simply touch the FunFlyStick ™ to the Mylar FunFlyers, and watch them instantly expand and float.

Inside the Fun Fly Stick is a moving rubber band, which creates a static charge on the wand. When the wand is touched to the Mylar shape, this charge transfers from the Fun Fly Stick to the Mylar. Because like charges repel, the Mylar instantly expands and floats above the Fun Fly Stick wand.

I. Move an Empty Soda Can Without Physically Touching the Can!

Materials: FunFlyStick ™; empty 12 oz. soda can


A. Place an empty soda can on its side on a level surface.

B. Activate the Fun Fly Stick ™ and hold the charged wand parallel to the can. As the wand is moved closer to the can, the can will start to roll toward the Fun Fly Stick ™. Try to keep the Fun Fly Stick ™ separation distance equal and ahead of the movement.

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