The ‘Dancing’ part of the activity is about Static Electricity. How it is generated and how it is used.
What was the expected learning?
-To develop an understanding of Static Electricity
-To look at ways of harnessing static electricity.
After several demonstrations, the children learnt how to create static energy themselves, by rubbing an inflated balloon, vigorously, up and down their school polar fleeces.
This electricity was used to make tissue-paper ghosts dance about on a table, by holding the especially ‘charged’ balloons just above the ghost’s heads.
The children had to spend time learning how to readily make ‘static’.
Each child made his/her ghost dance. This process was helped by children observing each other carefully while working together.
The children developed a simple understanding of static electricity and that it is a form of energy which they themselves generated.
I asked Louie what he knew about the Dancing ghost experiment? I asked him to tell me about static electricity.
Louie said, We are making ghosts move. The balloons make the tissue paper move.
I asked Bianca if she enjoyed doing science experiments and also if she could show me how to make static electricity.
Bianca replied, I like science. You need to rub the balloon hard on your polar fleece.
I asked Sam B to tell me what the science experiment was about.
Sam said It’s all about making electricity and the ghost starts dancing with the electricity.
The New Entrant Children carried out a simple science experiment and learnt about static electricity.
Key Words: Static Electricity, Science, Experiment, Movement, Energy.
Watch our Dancing-Ghosts videos 01 + 02 + 03 here