General Lab Information


Static Electricity

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Students are introduced to the structure of an atom and its role in producing static electricity with a series of demonstrations utilizing the Van de Graaff generator.

Vocabulary: atom, current, discharge, electron, generator, neutron, proton, repel, static, Van de Graaff

Session Information:

  • Flexible instruction whether students are in the classroom or at home. 
  • Interactive, instructor-led session facilitated with students using materials from school or home.  Can also be demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.  
  • Teachers will receive a detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking.  
  • Secure link to ZoomGov videoconferencing platform will be provided. 
  • Sessions are 30 minutes, Tu-Fr, 9:30 a.m.,10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Plan for additional time to get settled in the virtual classroom. 
  • One class per session 

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

Science and Engineering Practices

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Energy and Matter: Flow, Cycles, and Conservation

Structure and Function

Planning and Carrying out Investigations

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Next Generation English Language Arts Standards

Speaking and Listening


Comprehension and Collaboration

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


Program Audience

5th Grade