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Plasma Globes NGSS

  • 18 cm (7 in.) Plasma Globe
    18 cm (7 in.) Plasma Globe
    Item #: PLS-100
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A fun and safe way to demonstrate Tesla Coils!

Description

A fun and safe way to demonstrate Tesla Coils! Inside the globe, a small Tesla Coil produces an alternating high voltage potential which attracts or repels free electrons. When the electrons collide with the gaseous atoms and molecules inside the globe, the gas particles are ionized creating even more electrons, as well as positive ions. A plasma is formed. When electrons return to the ionized gas, light is produced. Touching the globe with your finger provides a ground, an additional source or "sink" of electrons. You can also observe Super! Wow! Neat!® effects by moving a fluorescent tube or neon light near the plasma globe. They will light up in your hands! Runs on standard North American line current, 110 volts 60 Hz

Read more on our Blog - An Introduction to the Plasma Globe

Read more on our Blog - The Plasma Globe, Inside and Out

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Lesson Ideas

Click on the image below for a free digital copy of the comic book, Plasma Globes: How Do They Work? This fun resource was created by the Stanford SOLAR (Solar On-Line Activity Resource) Center.

Thank you, Stanford SOLAR, for allowing us to share your comic book with our customers!

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The Plasma Globe
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We use the plasma globe as part of our presentation of means to generate light (incandescence, fluorescence, phosphorescence, chemiluminescence, bioluminescence, and plasma). Based on the other reviews, I feel that most of you are familiar with the plasma ball and how the audience enjoys seeing the light and how touching the ball tends to concentrate the light towards where the ball is touched. It is also amazing to see how a fluorescent bulb or a neon light lights up when it is near or touching the ball. Explaining what plasma is and how it is generated is difficult but I often hear from 2nd grade students that there is a fourth state of matter named plasma. They can't seem to truly explain it but at least there is a starting point to construct the concepts related to plasma. Even many adults lack the knowledge necessary to explain plasma, how it is generated, and how it relates to the plasma ball but enjoy playing with it. To date, I have not had any problems using it so I cannot address those who have had problems but it appears that E.I. backs their products and will address any issues people have experienced using them. Great fun and brings back fond memories from my younger days.
Kenneth Lyle

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Children love to put their hands on it. We usually turn it on while the library is open. It last for a year and it is not light up now. Any suggestion on how to repair it?
Yau-Choi Geary
Owner Response: Thank you so much for your review. Without knowing exactly what seems to be wrong with it, we can't help you repair it. Please give our customer service department a call, and we'll help you trouble shoot!

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plasma globe
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The globe appears to work well. The audio pickup does work, although the sound must be fairly loud. I have no idea as to the longevity of the unit.
Todd Williams

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plasma ball
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great toy and teaching tool.
kathy

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Plasma Globe
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This review consists of two parts: The globe and the plug-in cord. Globe ***** (five stars) The plasma tendrils are evenly distributed and look great! Cord * (one star) Audible buzz when plugged in. I don't trust this Chinese-made cord at all (fire, etc) and plan to look for another that is not as noisy.
Mary
Owner Response: Mary, someone from customer service will contact you to arrange a replacement. Clearly, your cord should never be buzzing!

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Plaza Globe
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My 8 year old grandson loves this thing.
Linda Plummwe

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Very cool
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Works very good. Great little plasma globe and looks really cool especially in a dark room. Try taking some long exposure pictures of it.
Allan

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Have been looking for these!!
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SO GLAD EI has this available!! My kids absolutely LOVE interacting with this globe. Well worth the $
Kathie H

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Cathy
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This 7" globe is large enough for students in all parts of the room to see easily.
Cathy Stordeur

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grandparent
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Had one of these when my children were small. Loved it. Kids were enamored for periods of time with this toy.
Sylvia Fleming

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Plasma Globe
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My students love it when I get out my plasma globe. It always brings up great discussions and they could 'play' with it for hours.
Amy Hendricks

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NGSS

This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.

Elementary Middle School High School

4-PS3-2

Students can make observations of the Plasma Globe to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

4-PS3-4

Students can use the Plasma Globe in an investigation to apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

MS-PS2-3

Students can make observations of the Plasma Globe and use the data collected in an investigation to ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

MS-PS2-5

Students can make observations of the Plasma Globe and conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

MS-PS3-5

Students can use the Plasma Globe in an investigation to construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the motion energy of any object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

HS-PS3-1

Students can plan and conduct an investigation with the Plasma Globe to collect data for use in a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known.

HS-PS3-5

Students can plan and conduct an investigation with the Plasma Globe to develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.

DCI-HS/PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter.

The Periodic Table orders elements horizontally by the number of protons in the atom's nucleus and places those with similar chemical properties in columns. The repeating patterns of this table reflect patterns of outer electron states.

Suggested Science Idea(s)

DCI-HS/PS1.A
4-PS3-2
4-PS3-2
4-PS3-4
MS-PS2-3
MS-PS2-5
MS-PS3-5
HS-PS3-1
HS-PS3-5

This Plasma Globe is a fun and safe way to demonstrate Tesla Coils. Students can safely witness free electrons get knocked off and return to the mixture of Noble gas molecules, light is produced. An Experiment Kit (PLS-110 & PLS-120) can be added to amaze students about how and where electric currents can travel.

 

* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.

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