Make Lightning Using Static Electricity

This science fair project is about creating a small spark of electricity due to the action of static electricity. Lightning in its original form has a voltage of about 100000000V.

Aim of the project:

To create a small spark using the concept of static electricity.

Materials required:

  1. A thin aluminium sheet or plate
  2. A plastic rod (a pen can be used)
  3. A block of styrofoam
  4. A piece of wool

Procedure:

  1. Take the aluminium plate and glue the pen to its middle so that it stands vertically. Make sure the pen is glued firmly.
  2. Rub the piece of Styrofoam with the woolen cloth piece. Make sure you don’t touch the styrofoam with your bare hands.
  3. Lift the aluminium plate-pen assembly by the pen and place it on the middle of the styrofoam. Be sure not to touch the plate with your hands.
  4. Switch off the lights and bring your finger close to the aluminium plate. You will see a tiny spark between your hand and the aluminium plate.