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Static Electricity in Cars

Static Electricity in Cars | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Ever wondered why you get a shock when you touch a car door? This project investigates the static electricity produced by different car seat materials. You'll use a balloon to measure the static electricity and compare the results.


The hypothesis is that leather car seats produce more static electricity compared to fabric seats.

Method & Materials

You will connect a copper plate to a ground connection, cut out 200 pieces of paper, discharge the balloon by rolling it over the copper plate, and rub the balloon with different materials.
You will need a balloon, a copper plate, a ground connection, a jumper wire with crocodile clips, a fabric car seat, a leather car seat, a polyester cloth, a cotton cloth, a nylon cloth, a silk cloth, a flat tray, a ruler, a large sheet of paper, and a paper knife.


The results showed that the car seat made of fabric or covered with cotton shirts produced the least amount of static electricity. The leather car seat produced more static compared to the fabric seats. This proves the hypothesis to be true.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it investigates the static electricity produced by different car seat materials. It also shows how static electricity can be dangerous in certain situations.

Also Consider

Experiment variations could include using a comb instead of a balloon, or testing different car seat materials such as seats made from cloth or Vinyl or PVC.

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