National Static Electricity Day 2014
National Static Electricity Day is celebrated on January 9th. Many people would not understand what static electricity really is and how it works. In the US, in the month of January every day is dedicated for a particular cause or an event, therefore January 9th is dedicated as the National Static Electricity Day.
What is static electricity?
Many of us would have experienced, when we suddenly touch any metal, we experience a sudden static or shock. Sometimes as soon as we take off our hat, our hair stands straight. This especially happens in winters. Therefore, the sudden shock and the hair standing out is a result of static electricity. To know a little more about it we should be aware of a few things around us.
As we all know that everything that surrounds us is made of atom. According to scientists there are 115 pieces of atoms; therefore everything is made of atoms.
Atoms consist of protons, neutrons and electrons and all these three are different from each other. All these have their own characteristics. Out of these, one of the properties is known as an electrical charge. Electrons have a (-) “negative’’ charge and (+) protons have a “positive” charge, while neutrons do not have a charge, they are just neutral. So in an atom when the number of electrons and protons are equal, the atom does not have any charge, its neutral.
Static Electricity- Positive and Negative Chargers
Positive and negative chargers are different. As they say that opposites attract, which is true. Two things that have one positive and the other negative charge will attract.
Activities on National Static Electricity Day
As kids you would have tried this activity. Cut small pieces of paper, take a plastic ruler and rub it on your head. As you move the plastic ruler over the small pieces of paper, you will notice that they get attracted to the plastic ruler. This is known as static force which attracts atoms from the paper to stick to the ruler. Since we know that objects that have the same charge move away from each other. Like two negative or two positive chargers put together will repel from each other.
So, now we know that when we take off our hat, it brushes against the hair. Therefore, the electrons present on your hair move to the hat. As explained earlier, object with the same charge repel from each other, therefore your hair tries to move away from each other. As a result of this it stands straight which is a result of it moving far away from each other. Hence static electricity causes the hair to be this way.
In the same way, when you are walking across a rug, there are electrons that pass on from the rug on to you. You now have a negative static charge and a few extra electrons on your body. When you touch a metal, the metal which is a conductor makes the electrons leap from you to the metal, causing a static shock.
Therefore, the National Static Electricity day is dedicated by knowing how it works and trying out different experiments.
Events in January
- Festival of Sleep Day 2014
- Epiphany 2014
- Bean Day 2014
- Cuddle Up Day 2014
- Old Rock Day 2014
- Bubble Bath Day 2014
- National Static Electricity Day 2014
- National Apricot Day 2014
- Save the Eagles Day 2014
- Peculiar People Day 2014
- Milk Day 2014
- Amelia Earhart Day 2014
- Secret Pal Day 2014
- National Pharmacist Day 2014
- National Youth Day 2014
- Coming of Age Day 2014
- National Dress up Your Pet Day 2014
- STIQ Day 2014
- Hat Day 2014
- National Nothing Day 2014
- Thesaurus Day 2014
- Winnie the Pooh Day 2014
- Popcorn Day 2014
- Cheese Day 2014
- Martin Luther King Day 2014
- Penguin Awareness Day 2014
- Civil Rights Day 2014
- National Hugging Day 2014
- Weedless Wednesday 2014
- Squirrel Appreciation Day 2014
- National Blonde Brownie Day 2014
- Measure Your Feet Day 2014
- National Pie Day 2014
- National Handwriting Day 2014
- Global Belly Laugh Day 2014
- National Compliment Day 2014
- Burns Night 2014
- Opposite Day 2014
- Australia Day 2014
- India Republic Day 2014
- Holocaust Memorial Day 2014
- National Chocolate Cake Day 2014
- National Kazoo Day 2014
- Christa McAuliffe Day 2014
- National Puzzle Day 2014
- Chinese New Year 2014
- National Bug Busting Day 2014
- New Year 2015
- Global Family Day 2015
- Inauguration Day
- 01National Girlfriends Day 2014
- 01National Minority Donor Awareness Day 2014
- 01World Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2014
- 03Friendship Day 2014
- 03Sister Day 2014
- 03National Watermelon Day 2014
- 03National Mustard Day 2014
- 04British Columbia Day 2014
- 04National Coast Guard Day 2014
- 06National Night Out 2014
- 06National Root Beer Float Day 2014