This week at Sisters4Science the girls had a lesson in static electricity! Ms. Tarah Eissa from the University of Chicago returned and taught the girls some new and interesting things about physics! We were excited to welcome her back and see that she brought some cool tools to show the girls how electrons can be transferred from one object to another by rubbing them together.
Selena did a great job of explaining how electron transfers worked, as she said that “atoms have the ability to store different amounts of electron and share with each other.” By rubbing their feet really fast across shag carpet, they were able to create enough static electricity to make a lightbulb turn on. The girls loved it, and they really got a kick out of running across the carpet to see if they could make their lightbulb’s spark. They even made Antimia’s hair stand up by rubbing the balloon on her head, but I don’t think she was a fan of that! Overall, the girls had a blast and learned a lot about how charges can be created. Looks like physics may become an interest to some of the girls!