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Jumping Rice Krispies

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Have you ever seen Rice Krispies jump? With this experiment, you can make it happen! Rub a wool sweater on a plate of plexiglass and watch as the Rice Krispies stand up and jump from the table to the plate.


The hypothesis is that the Rice Krispies will jump from the table to the plate when a static charge is generated.

Method & Materials

You will place the Rice Krispies on the table, balance the plate of plexiglass over the table and Rice Krispies, and then rub the top of the plexiglass with the wool sweater.
You will need a hand full of Rice Krispies, a plate of plexiglass, wooden blocks or other non-conductive materials, and a wool sweater.


The experiment showed that when a static charge was generated, the Rice Krispies stood up and jumped from the table to the plate. This was due to the buildup of static charge, which caused the Rice Krispies to polarize and be attracted to the negatively charged plate.

Why do this project?

This science project is unique because it shows how static electricity can be used to make Rice Krispies jump.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include using different types of cereal (see video #3), stale Rice Krispies (see video #2) and moist Rice Krispies to see what causes the Rice Krispies to lose attraction to the static charge.

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Related videos

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At the video's end, it was intriguing to see that even stale Rice Krispies were still drawn to static electricity. An experiment to determine the limit at which they lose this attraction would be fascinating.
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