Magic Bending Water Electricity Science Experiment
In this fun and easy science experiment for kids we are going to explore static electricity and use it to make water move and appear to bend.
- Plastic hair comb
- Faucet with running water
- Run the plastic comb through your hair several times.
- Next, hold the comb near a small running stream of water from a sink faucet.
- Observe what happens to the stream of water.
Note: The lower the humidity, the better this experiment will work.
How it Works:
As the plastic comb moves through hair, it builds up a negative charge. Things that have a negative charge attract things that have a positive charge. The two hydrogen atoms of water have a positive charge. Due the liquid nature of water, the hydrogen atoms are able to move freely and are able to attract or “bend” and move toward the negatively charged plastic hair comb.
Make This A Science Project:
Try different liquids. Are you able to negatively charge other items like a balloon, piece of PVC pipe, piece of Styrofoam, etc. Test to see if different temperatures of water behave differently.