STEAMfest DIY science with MEL Science and a science kit giveaway - Electrostatics

In this STEAMfest DIY science with MEL Science lesson your children will:

  • Tiptoe into the wonderful world of perhaps the most important particle in physics - the electron. Find out where they go, what they do, and how they do it.
  • Understand the science behind each of the experiments
  • Be able to ask questions

Lesson time

4:00pm   EST (New York, Toronto, ...)
9:00pm   GMT (London, ...)

Lesson duration: 50-60 minutes.


To complete the DIY experiments, you will need the following equipment:

  • Large flat smooth surface (kitchen table - ideally wooden)
  • Empty and completely dry aluminum drinks can (3)
  • (Ideally) real fur item of clothing like gloves / scarf or piece of wool / silk / pure nylon approx. 50cm x 50 cm (does not need to be cut down to this size)
  • Large party balloons (5)
  • Cardboard box base, approx. 45cm x 30cm x 4cm
  • Selection of small different sized styrofoam balls
  • Roll of aluminum foil
  • Candy wrapping aluminum foil (4 pieces)
  • Darning thread (30 cm)
  • Plastic straw
  • Cheap thin LDPE shopping bag
  • Polycarbonate or acrylic sheet to cover box (plastic wrap)
  • PVC tubing (45 cm)
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape (sticky tape)


This lesson is presented by Daniel Sullivan:

Daniel Sullivan

Dan is a hugely enthusiastic and experienced ex-head of science with over 20 years of teaching experience, running science departments in which he delighted in introducing truly exciting, inspiring practical science lessons that made learning and the voyage of discovery of the natural world a joy to experience. He is a hugely passionate scientist whose singular aim is to instil in his students a love of science, a fascination with the universe, and a lifelong habit of challenging all types of 'received wisdom'! All of this is of course done with a sense of mischievousness and fun!