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What is the best way to explain electrical conductivity to fifth graders? (I am doing a science project involving a plasma ball and conductivity with various objects).



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Think of a person marching. If the person encounters different materials, (concrete, mud, sand, etc.), changes in the marching will occur. This is a metaphor for conductivity.

---Nathan A. Unterman



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