Electrifying Attraction

Conduct hair-raising experiments with the Van de Graaff generator. Learn how electrically charged objects produce motion. Build circuits and investigate renewable energy sources

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • What is electricity? 
  • What is a circuit? 
  • How can a circuit convert electrical current into light, heat, and sound? 
  • What are renewable energy sources? 
  • What are magnets? 
  • What is the law of magnetism?

Essential Standards: 

4.P.1.1; 4.P.1.2; 4.P.3.1; 7.P.2.3

Goals of the Program:

  • To differentiate between static and current electricity. 
  • To introduce students to electrical circuits and the materials used to build them. 
  • To explore several types of magnets and the attraction and repulsion of various materials to the magnets. 
  • To explore how renewable sources of energy can be used to generate electricity. 
  • To analyze energy transfer through a system.

Class Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Build a circuit and name the components necessary to make a working circuit. 
  • Understand the difference between parallel and series circuits. 
  • Recognize materials that act as conductors or insulators. 
  • Identify materials that are magnetic.

Methods and Activities:

  • A brief introduction, including a demonstration with a Van de Graaff generator, will introduce the students to electricity, circuits, and magnets. 
  • Students will build circuits, test conductors and insulators, and experiment with magnetic materials. 
  • Students will explore how generators create an electrical current.

Key Vocabulary:

Static Electricity, Current Electricity, Electron, Parallel Circuit, Series Circuit, Conductor, Insulator, Magnetism, Attract, Repel

Set-up Needs:

  • Preference is inside location with 6 tables to be used as hands-on activity stations. 
  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart. 
  • Access to electricity. 
  • Approximate set-up and clean-up time – 30 minutes before and after program. 
  • Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked. 
  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades 3 - 8
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students