Comb + Hair = Bending Water!
Activity DesignerStephanie Sims
With the help of static electricity, it's a cinch to bend a stream of water!
How We Did It
You may have heard the expression ,"Opposites attract." With this simple experiment, we were able to see that happen in a very interesting way! We were reminded that combing your hair--or your brother's hair!--charges the comb with negatively charged electrons.
After combing the hair, we moved the comb to the sink... as soon as we got about six inches away from the stream, the water started bending! When we had it up high--about three inches below the faucet--the water sometimes jumped all the way over to the 9" mark! Back and forth we waved the comb... again and again. Wow!