First you need to gather up all of the materials you will need.  Below is a list of the following items needed to conduct this project:

  • 1 large sheet of newspaper
  • A smooth tabletop surface

Are you ready?  Let’s get started.  First, you will need to set the newspaper on top of the table.  Place both of your hands on top of the newspaper and rub the newspaper against the tabletop.  If you lift up a corner of the paper, what happens?  It sticks to the table.  If you rub the newspaper onto the table with a cloth, what happens then??

So why did the newspaper stick to the table?  It’s because the friction that was created by you rubbing the newspaper against the table carries electrostatic charges that make the newspaper stick to the table.  Cool, huh?

There are a couple of other ideas that you could do to change up the project a little bit and see what happens.  You could try different kinds of paper each having a different thickness or you could use different surfaces other than a tabletop to rub the paper onto.

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