Cool Science - 9/30/13: Static Electricity (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

September 30, 2013 Updated Sep 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- In this week's episode of Cool Science Monday, Martin Fisher from Science Central will talk about static electricity.

Static electricity forms when two different objects rub together (like feet on a carpet, or taking off a sweater, or clothes in the dryer), and causes electrons to flow from one object to the other.

Martin used an exhibit which rubbed wool across a plexi tube. The electrons were stripped-off and transferred to a metal ball. When he touched the ball with his finger, the electricity discharged to him and we saw and heard a small spark.

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