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Sharpie Shock Challenge

       Has your student come home with a black square on their arm from a Sharpie?  Most likely they've been "shocking" themselves at school.  The idea is to get a rush of adrenaline from shocking yourself using a Sharpie and your phone.

       How it works: students draw a black square on their arm with a Sharpie.  Then they open up the camera on their phone and turn on the flash.  You then put the flash of the phone where the Sharpie square is drawn and take a picture.  The result is a "shock" to your arm apparently caused by the black marker absorbing sudden heat from the phone flash.

       For the most part, there doesn't seem to be anything extremely harmful (except looking like a dummy with a black square on your arm the rest of the day).  But at the same time, there's probably not a positive outcome for doing this.  Check out the video below as well as some other info and pictures.

Discussion questions with MS students: Have you seen or heard of this being done? What was your reaction? Why did/didn't you do this? What is the point of doing this?

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