Static Energy Balloon Experiment

You will need:

  • Tissue paper
  • A balloon

Method:

 

  1. Cut out the tissue paper into small pieces and place them on a level surface.  You can even cut them into character or even draw something on them, if you would like.
  2. Inflate your balloon and tie it shut.
  3. Gently rub the inflated balloon on your head.  Do not do this for too long, just a few seconds will be enough.
  4. Then place the balloon on top of the tissue paper you made earlier and watch them levitate towards the balloon.  Make sure same the part of the balloon that you rubbed on your head is hovering above the tissue paper.

The Science Bit:

Here is how the static balloon experiment works.  By rubbing the balloon on your head you are making what is known as a static energy charge.  A static charge is very similar to an electric charge.  An electric charge means that there is an increase of electrons in the material of the balloon.  Now the material of the tissue paper also holds a lot of electrons.  So by giving the balloon a static energy charge by rubbing it on your head it is going to attracted the tissue paper like a magnet.

It is a really easy and fun science experiment that you can do all by yourself at home.  Creating a static energy balloon is essentially creating your very own tissue paper magnet.

Thank you for reading Fun Scientists, enjoy the experiment.