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As seen in Family Fun Magazine! Since posting this video on YouTube, we've mailed out hundreds of batches of mylar tinsel. One 3rd grader in Texas won a 23 county science fair by testing the static charge using different widths of PVC pipe to float the orb. Go Max! If you can find Brite Star tinsel on your own, you're all set. If not, we can help out. We've got the exact same tinsel used in the video, and we'll include expanded written directions as well. You will get 1,000 strands of tinsel - that's means you can try this experiment yourself and still have enough to share with 150 of your closest friends! Once you get the orb working, post a video to let us know how it went.
Does the width of the PVC pipe affect how high the orb floats? PVC pipe comes in many different widths. You can test different width pipes to find out if they affect how high or how long the tinsel floats.
Patrice B. sent us these photos of her sons testing out different sizes of PVC pipe for their staticibility. (We may have made up that word.)
The Mad Scientist Club in Cheshire, Ct had a great time exploring static electricity using the levitating orb. As did students at the Somers Intermediate School
Posted by Nalani on 03 20 2015
We had to try a few times until we finally got it. We are using this for Thinking Day/Girl scouts. We have 250 girls showing up. We are using balloons instead of PVC so no one gets hit in the head.
Our theme is women in STEM.
Posted by Unknown on 02 06 2015
The tinsel seemed to be fine, but we did not have success. The times we did get the orb to work was with the balloon and very rare for the pvc pipe. However, we had fun trying.
From The SBS: Humidity does play a part in the success of the activity. Dry air works best when dealing with static electricity. Don't give up! when you have a nice dry day, give it another whirl!
Posted by Emanuel on 01 05 2015
I love this. When I saw this I said I had to do this
Posted by Unknown on 11 01 2014
The experiment worked perfectly once we used yarn to charge the balloon.
Posted by Unknown on 10 20 2014
What a fun experiment! My son wowed his friends with this one. Thanks again for having such a cool site! We've been trying to do one of your experiments every other night and it's a great way to spend some time together.
Posted by Unknown on 09 14 2014
Air was damp on day of first try. Blow dryer to PVC pipe made the orb come to life. Next day sun was out and orb worked perfectly.
Posted by Unknown on 09 13 2014
Excellent works great. Does what it says .
Posted by Unknown on 07 12 2014
I teach ESOL adults. Many of them have no education at all. This is a COOL thing to do to get them hooked.
Posted by Bobbi on 02 24 2014
we had to play with the experiment a bit, but have now mastered the levitating orb. This is going to be the coolest science fair project.
Posted by Nate on 01 25 2014
For those of you having trouble with the Orbs sticking to the pipe it takes a little practice! Once you drop the Orb onto the pipe you have to sometimes bounce the PVC pop and the orb will repel off of it at that point. Also I have found that if the orb is longer than 6inches it doesn't work as well...lots of fun with this experiment!