Race Cans With Static Electricity

Race Cans With Static Electricity

Lesson 8 of 18 in this unit

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Lesson summary

Students conduct an experiment with forces to move soft drink cans without directly touching them.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the role of circuit components in the transfer and transformation of electrical energy.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • conduct an experiment to prove a theory.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Science:

Students learn to:
investigate the transfer and transformation of energy in electrical circuits, including the role of circuit components, insulators and conductors (AC9S6U03)

Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 6, students identify the role of circuit components in the transfer and transformation of electrical energy.

Resources required

  • Empty soft drink cans
  • Inflated balloons
  • Table
  • Masking tape
  • Your hair!

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • curiosity
  • reflection
  • critical thinking

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - support students in the theories, practical experimentation, and explaining and recording their observations. 

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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