Charging into Electrostatics
Static Electricity Made Simple!
The sixth seminar Charging into Electrostatics, was
held on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The
presenters were Dr. Cathy Ezrailson, Science Education Research Scientist at Texas
A&M University and Jan Mader, Physics Teaching Resource Agent Director.
Eighty-eight (88) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition
to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators
represented the states of Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
In this seminar, Dr. Cathy Ezrailson and
Jan Mader discussed the nature of electrostatic forces created as a result
of a difference in charge between objects. They also demonstrated how to make a
simple electroscope, an electrophorus, and a homemade Leyden jar. All participants
received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide on Severe Weather, grades 9-12.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "The seminar presented a number of inexpensive, teacher-friendly techniques
for demonstrating the principles of electrostatic charges. I liked the diagrams,
quizzes, and web tour of thephysicsfront.org."
- "The content fits some of the objectives I need to teach and will be helpful
in planning a family science night since these should be interesting and fun for
- "The content was great. I learned quite a lot. The content seemed very relevant
to me since I'll be teaching early elementary. I think the kids would love the demos."
- "I think this was a great seminar, I would like to be able to sit down and go
over the power points again. Great ideas to be used in the classroom!"
Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the
interactions, and a job well done!
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