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S is for Static

Photo of a child with static hair
Static electricity is a build up of electrical charge on the surface of something. This charge usually builds up when things rub together. You can make a static charge on a balloon by rubbing it on your clothes, and the child in the picture has got a static charge from sliding down a playground slide. Static electricity discharges when something with the charge touches something else that can accept the charge. It discharges with a zap that can hurt.

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