In this mini-lab students will be able to experiment with static electricity. Students will complete a background reading that will either reinforce concepts taught in class, or act as a primer for students who were absent. In groups or individually, students answer pre-lab questions and review the research question. The students will then carry out two activities based on the background reading to demonstrate static electricity. After the lab students answer analysis questions on static electricity.
This mini-lab could easily be turned into a larger lab by using more substances to generate static electricity, and changing the analysis questions into a more formal, written conclusion.