Introduction to Magnetism

Today students explored magnetism! They investigated different types of magnets, and compared the strength of magnetic forces exerted by different magnets over a distance. Students also observed how magnets interact with each other, and identified the north and south poles of magnets. Thinking like engineers, students designed ways to use the attractive and repulsive properties of magnets to accomplish different tasks.

 

Students also had the opportunity to visualize the magnetic fields (the property of magnets through which they exert magnetic forces) of the different magnets using a box of iron filings. Ask your student to describe what the fields looked like when two magnets were attracting each other compared to what they looked like when the magnets were repelling each other!

 

If you’re not afraid of a little mess, we recommend you try making magnetic slime at https://frugalfun4boys.com/make-magnetic-slime/ for an Extension.

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