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Create Lightning With A Balloon!
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Science Area:  Earth Science
Content:  Lightning

Create Lightning

 

Materials:

Two Balloons

Wool Mitten

 

Procedure:

Inflate both balloons.

Rub one balloon on the wool mitten and the other against a smooth wall.

Darken the room.

Hold a balloon in each hand and slowly move the balloons close together. 

Observe

 

Questions:

1.  Why do the balloons have to be rubbed on separate things?

2.  What does the wool mitten do to the balloon?

3.  What does the smooth wall do to the balloon?

4.  What happens when the balloons are rubbed together?

 

Source:  Potter, Jean. Science in Seconds for Kids. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York.  1995.  p. 120