Charge Teacher’s Pack


Major Awards

  • Design funded by the National Science Foundation
  • Scientific American’s Young Readers’ Book Award
  • National Parenting Magazine Award, the GOLD
  • Creative Child Magazine Award

List price $25 USD Per Student

SKU: 9914 Category:


  • 40 page science books and materials in multiples of 6, 12 or 24 sets per box.
  • The highly visual, step-by-step instructions enable students to work independently.

Complies with NGSS:

NGSS 3-5 Engineering Design
3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-3

Core Disciplinary Ideas:
PS2.B Types of Interactions;
ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems;
ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions;
ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution

Engineering: Charge
Relationship between electric interactions between two objects not in contact. Review and revisit magnetic interactions for magnetics and objects not touching


This Charge and Electrostatics Kit begins with a classic set of hands-on experiments to introduce key concepts: static charge, charge carriers, storing charge, discharging charge, like charges repel, unlike charges attract, grounding and polarity. Using this kit, students then explore the characteristics of charge through the building and manipulation of 6 electrostatic devices, combining an engineering approach with fundamental science. Step-by-step, highly visual instructions and the use and manipulation of everyday materials brings clarity to the phenomenology of CHARGE! These STEM projects culminate with the building and use of a Van de Graaff Generator. Note that the Franklin bell and the electrostatic motor work convincingly when combined with the electrostatic generators. The student built generators also make crowd pleasing electrostatic fountains as well as providing hair-raising experiences. Be sure to use this internet website to further explore, enrich and extend the experiments incorporated within the Charge kit.

Student Experiments
include the making of six electrostatic devices:

  • a Leyden jar
  • an electroscope
  • an electrophorus
  • an electrostatic motor
  • a Franklin bell
  • a Van de Graaff Generator

More Details

  • Requires 2 D-cell batteries per Electrostatic Generator
  • These projects develop student understanding of electrical charge and include an engineering approach to electrostatics.
  • A classic set of experiments provide an enriched as well as engaging experience for both students and teachers.
  • The online teacher lesson plans (Teacher’s Guide sold separately) coordinate the ScienceWiz Charge projects with web-based materials.
  • These include animations, videos, interactives and assessment materials.
  • Supplemental internet materials allow students to progress at their own pace and to their own level of interest and detail.
  • The web contents are periodically updated by scientists and educators.
  • These Teacher’s Packs are designed so that students have their own readers and materials. Extensions to the primary projects are feasible as there are sufficient supplies for all.
  • This Pack has a few consumables. Replacement consumables and parts can be purchased on this website or by contacting ScienceWiz™.

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