Static electricity is just one part of the 5th Grade Science GPS: S5P3 - Students will investigate electricity, magnetism and their relationship.
Closed circuits were also on the agenda as science students transformed into engineers and electricians by creating a human circle that acted as a closed circuit. Forming a circle and holding hands, students used an "energy ball" to create a circuit that lit up the earth! Any two students releasing their hands would "break the circuit" and cause the miniature earth to go dim.
Balloons can transform any room into a party and so it was with Mrs. Burdick's science class as balloons were rubbed on different surfaces to see what generated the greatest amount of static electricity. Students then learned about how that translated into visible science!