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Mark Rehorst has an excellent set of instructions on how to build your own Van de Graaff generator. What’s that, you say? Well, a Van de Graaff generator is a device capable of producing high voltages by collecting electrostatic charges on a large metal sphere. Basically, its a fun and relatively safe way of creating high voltages, which can then be used to do things like make peoples hair stand up, or power particle accelerators.

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  1. darshan on said:

    but how to make it?
    and can we make it in a week?

  2. My class and I have been working on this and we’ve run into problems with the suggested adhesive, does anyone know what type woul be ideal for latex?
    I’m about to just buy a larger band so we do not have to cut them in the first place.

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