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Brite Star Tinsel - Levitating Orb Experiment

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fam-fun-feb.jpgAs 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.


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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


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  1. Quite a show

    Posted by Ed Gaglardi on 02 22 2018

    It works great and is quite a show for young and old alike.

  2. Great experiment!

    Posted by paul on 02 17 2018

    Great product, works well for experiment!
    Great service too

  3. Levitating orb

    Posted by Unknown on 01 29 2018

    Works well if you use 3 not 6 strands of tinsel and very fun for all ages

  4. Curiosity, the great teacher

    Posted by Ed Sammons on 12 11 2017

    I got the mylar for the "levitation" experiment. I am giving it to my adult children. Every year I give something that will stimulate their curiosity, and this shouild certainly do it.

  5. Great

    Posted by Geanine L. on 11 28 2017

    It worked perfectly!!


    Posted by bambang on 11 20 2017

    Arrived in like only 5 days
    and it works really well
    thanks science bob

  7. Humid

    Posted by Zane Bryan on 11 12 2017

    It does not work on humid days very well.

    From Science Bob: Humidity does kill the static electric effect. This product works much better or dry days and in dry environments.

  8. reallly neat product

    Posted by Susie McCurdy on 10 09 2017

    Haven't used it yet but it looks great and will work well for what I need.

  9. Kids were amazed!

    Posted by Unknown on 03 12 2017

    The tinsel arrived in great time for my activity with the kids I tutor. They loved it and were amazed. We used the pipe and balloons also so they could take their orbs home to show parents.

  10. Amazed

    Posted by Unknown on 02 13 2017

    This experiment had the whole classes (kindergarten) attention. So fun to do! We used the long balloon used to make animals and characters. So we inflated our balloon twisted in half and tied it on the end. Charged the balloon on the hair, clothes,leather couch it all worked.... so impressed. After a couple tries we became a pro at it. Love it...

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