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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. Cool, simple, awesome!

    Posted by Dan on 07 30 2016

    Great activity! I'll be using this to demonstrate that static electricity really exists to a group of 3rd-8th graders and I'm sure they'll be convinced. Nowhere have I seen a better demo of static electricity.

    For a given piece of tinsel, it took several tries to get it working consistently. Seems like perhaps the charging of the orb cleans it up little by little, until it is clean enough to work. Humidity is definitely a factor as well --- perform it in an air conditioned space. It works in humid Houston, as long as you're inside!

  2. Cool! Love it.

    Posted by Brandt from Los Alamitos on 06 16 2016

    Tinsel arrived quickly. I used a PVC pipe 1/2" inch in diameter and it worked great. I loved the experiment. Thank you!

  3. Amazing Tinsel

    Posted by Seth davidock on 05 13 2016

    This Tinsel worked so well for my Grandson's project for science!! He is one Happy Boy!!

  4. It worked!

    Posted by on 04 11 2016

    Tried other tinsel but didn't work. Decided to just buy Bob's and my son had a great time. Discovered that fat kiddie baseball bats work as well or better than PVC.

  5. Floating Orb??

    Posted by Unknown on 04 11 2016

    The product was fine, we just couldn't get the orb to stop sticking to the PVC pipe instead of float above it. It worked for a brief moment once, but we decided not to use this cool project as a class demonstration since we never got it to work again. :(

  6. As advertised, arrived quickly, worked perfectly!

    Posted by J Feragola on 01 21 2016

    The tinsel arrived very quickly and worked with the experiment perfectly. My son is very excited about his science fair project!

  7. I love it!!!

    Posted by Nathalie Bowen on 11 24 2015

    I am an educator in a family resource center and I just love your website for all the creative ideas you have for science since every two weeks we have a science morning. I am almost through all of the experiments with the kids and they just loved them too!!! Keep up the good work!!!!

  8. Floating Orb

    Posted by Unknown on 09 12 2015

    Arrived almost instantaneously! Fasted shipping experience I ever had. Product and experiment was as described. We needed to charge the pvc with wool in order to get the orb to float. But once we finally got it, it was so cool! In the meanwhile, we had called and left a message for Science Bob asking for some pointers to get it to float. They called back immedetiately the next business day. I can't say enough about their customer service!

  9. EPIC!!!!

    Posted by Unknown on 07 20 2015

    It was AMAZE!!!!!
    It worked like a charm!!!!

  10. so fun

    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.

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