There were 43 families and over 100 people on the night, all investigating the peculiar effects of static electricity. After getting our balloons charged up the challenge was to see what different things we could lift using just the balloons, other than your hair!
With some strategic cutting, whole sheets of tissue paper and ribbons of streamers were soon whirling round, while the tin foil and felt were observed behaving somewhat peculiarly when screwed up in a ball and dangled against the balloon from a string.
We were even lucky enough to have some balloons stuck high to the walls decorating Stage One!
The Scientists involved said:
“I really enjoyed the Science Evening because the experiments with the balloon made my hair go straight up. Me and my mum did a long chain of hearts to hang from the balloon, though it could only hold for 2 seconds and if we put even one more on the static charge wasn’t strong enough! It was the first Science Evening I went to and I had lots fun.” - Linnea Lundin Skarp, 3I
“It was so fun! I worked with my friends and Miss Wakelin to rub the balloon and Andy rubbed so hard his hair went straight up.” - Dana Choi 3U