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Native Renewables
To date, Native Renewables has helped install several off-grid solar PV systems ranging from 750 W to 7 kW capacity, outreached to hundreds of solar enthusiasts, and is addressing energy access challenges by providing solar options to Native communities.
They Roar
This is the new home to a blog collective of two voices. A rich carnival for your senses. Recipes from life, love and the kitchen. Tellers of stories on motherhood, woman-hood and rabble-rousing. Of loss and triumph – lightness and darkness. From our tribes to yours…we look forward to connecting with you.

Super Indian Comics
Creator/Writer/Artist Arigon Starr is a member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and was raised in various cities across the U.S. along with her Navy family. She’s been drawing since she could hold a pencil. She’s produced cartoons, drawings and artwork for many organizations including Native Voices at the Autry, the Native Voice One Radio Service, rock group Queen, the Walt Disney Company (for their retail outlets), the National Park Service and other charitable groups around the U.S. “Super Indian” has been a long time coming.

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Static Electricity
Has your hair ever stood out from your head after pulling off a wool cap? That’s the result of static electricity. In their usual state, atoms are electrically neutral because they contain an equal number of positive protons and negative electrons. But when two materials rub together (like your hair and your cap) some of the electrons jump from one thing to the other, creating an electric charge called static electricity.
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PBS Learning Media: Static Electricity: Snap, Crackle, Jump
In this video from the PBS science show ZOOM, a vinyl record is rubbed on a wool scarf and then the record "magically" lifts breakfast cereal right out of its bowl! After watching the video, click on Support Materials to read an article about static electricity and more about the experiment shown in the video. "When rubbed with a wool scarf, the surface of a vinyl record picks up extra electrons from the scarf. If the charged record is placed over puffy rice cereal, the electrically neutral cereal pieces become polarized. Because opposite charges attract, the negatively charged record lifts the positively charged ends of the cereal pieces."
PhET: Balloons and Static Electricity
This interactive experiment from the University of Colorado at Boulder shows the effect of rubbing a balloon against a wool sweater. You can do the experiment with one or two balloons, add a wall to your experiment, and change which of the charges are displayed. Be sure to move your charged balloons around between the sweater and the wall, and watch what happens.
Physics Classroom: Static Electricity
The Physics Classroom (for beginning physics students in high school or college) presents four comprehensive static electricity lessons, starting with basic terminology, and ending with lightning. "Perhaps the most known and powerful display of electrostatics in nature is a lightning storm. Lightning storms are inescapable from humankind's attention. They are never invited, never planned and never gone unnoticed. "
Science Made Simple: Static Electricity
"Did you ever hear the saying that opposites attract? Well, it's true. Two things with opposite, or different charges (a positive and a negative) will attract, or pull towards each other. Things with the same charge (two positives or two negatives) will repel, or push away from each other." Science Made Simple is my static-electricity pick of the day because of the depth of its coverage. Be sure to visit all three pages by following the Read More link at the bottom. The third page includes three static electricity experiments you can do at home.

ScienceNetLinks: Introducing Static Electricity
"The number of electrons in an atom — ranging from one up to about 100 — matches the number of charged particles, or protons, in the nucleus, and determines how the atom will link to other atoms to form molecules." Although written for teachers, ScienceNetLinks includes plenty good info for students, including two activities: Stuck-Up Balloon and Dancing Balloon.

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