Making science fun again

Science Guy Steve Spangler demonstrated how a little static electricity can make some remarkable things happen. Steve will be one of the featured speakers at Saturday’s Product Launch Boot Camp.

Static electricity demos are a staple in every science teacher’s bag of tricks, but this science demo was different than anything I had ever seen. The Fun Fly Stick was first introduced in Europe and made it’s way to the U.S. earlier this year. It’s an ingenious, battery-operated static electricity generator that allows you to float these cool tinsel shapes on a cloud of electrons.
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Okay, so how does it work? The electronic circuitry inside the handle of the device is actually a negative ion generator. Just press the button for few seconds to generate a negative static charge. Drop the tinsel shape onto the stick to quickly transfer the negative charge to the tinsel… and the darn thing floats! This reminded me of a cool static demo created by Bruce Yeany years ago called Floating Static Bands. The Fun Fly Stick takes the idea of floating objects on a cloud of electrons to a whole new level.