Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Collecting Pollen With Static Electricity



One of the interesting facts we read about bees, this week, is that the little hairs on their bodies build up a static electric charge, that attracts pollen to them, as they fly over, and land on flowers.


That sounded like something we needed to try out for ourselves. C (age 8) took a balloon outside, rubbed it on her head (to produce a static charge), and then passed it over a dandelion (coming close to the flower, but not touching it).


And, sure enough...


...it worked.  There was pollen on the balloon.


I don't know about you, but we thought it was pretty cool.

9 comments:

Phyllis said...

Way cool!

Amber Hockman said...

That IS cool!!!!!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love static electricity experiments, and this pollen one is very cool.

Lucinda @ NavigatingByJoy.com said...

Genius!

reb andy said...

What book did you/she read that in?

Sue Whitson said...

Awesome! Shared it on my FB page! https://www.facebook.com/almostunschooling?ref=bookmarks

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

reb andy - I want to say we came across it on a number of websites, but looking back I'm finding the clearest reference to it on a New Dimensions episode from Amazon instant view, entitled Mystery of Disappearing Honeybees. About 4 and half minutes in, they put up a chart detailing the bee, and that is one of the facts they mention.

Ticia said...

Okay that is really cool. I had to sit and decide if it should be in my botany board or my flying creatures board.... Oh the decisions.... the decisions.

reb andy said...

Thanks, we'll check this out and do the experiment!