Elementary Science - Principles - Electrostatics

In this MEL Academy lesson your children will:

-learn what charge is -make Static flyer -discover the power of static charge

Lesson time

5:00am   PST (San Francisco, Seattle, ...)
6:00am   MST (Phoenix, Denver, ...)
7:00am   CST (Chicago, Houston, ...)
8:00am   EST (New York, Toronto, ...)
1:00pm   GMT (London, ...)

Lesson duration: 45-55 minutes.

Prepare in advance

In this lesson, we will conduct several DIY experiments. Prepare in advance household materials shown below.

DIY Materials

  PVC tube 45cm+ (Super important)
  Paper hand towel
  Empty dry plastic 330ml drinks bottle with lid
  Long pencil
  3 x Balloons
  Cotton towel / t-shirt (clean and dry) or wool jumper
  Aluminium foil
  2 x small empty clean dry pop cans (save ring pulls)
  Tall plastic disposable drinks cup
  Plastic card or tray or dish (approx 10cm in diameter)
  Darning thread
  Plastic straw
  Glue or sellotape
  Polyester cloth dry
  Small Aluminium pie tins (max 5cm diameter)
  Small fluorescent tube (optional)
  Small very cheap, very thin plastic bag


Please, download and print this worksheet in advance. You’ll need to refer to it during the lesson.


This lesson is presented by Mark Maclaine:

Mark Maclaine

Mark has been an educator for 20 years and has taught more than 20,000 hours of one-on-one lessons to over 1200 students. He initially struggled in school as the academic study didn’t come naturally to him. What was a weakness has become one of his greatest strengths - finding he is able to connect with students who are themselves struggling. Using a set of skills developed over the past two decades and his RELATE Teaching Method, Mark has become one of the best-known educators in the world. He is passionate about his work and is committed to transforming the education system so it works for everyone.