Dancing newts

This morning we learned about static electricity, and why helicopters have to use a static line to keep their winchmen safe.

Just like Matilda (Roald Dahl), we played a trick with a newt! We carefully cut out tissue paper ‘newts.’  Then we ‘charged up’ balloons by rubbing them against our jumpers for at least 20 seconds.  Next, we held the balloons over the newts…Hey Presto!  They danced in the air and some of them stuck to the balloons!

Ask us to explain the science behind this!

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