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Hands-on Activity

It's Magnetic

Fun Forces
Summary
In this activity, students will create a simple electromagnet using a nail, a battery, and copper wire. They will attempt to pick up nails and pins using the magnet, and they will investigate how different variables affect the strength of the magnet.
Overview
Topic: Magnetism, electricity
Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of the force of magnetism.
  • An exploration of how electrical currents can induce magnetic fields.
Objective
Students will gain an understanding of magnetic fields and magnetic forces. They will also observe how electrical currents can create magnetic fields in certain materials.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 4 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

5-MINUTE REFRESHER

TAKE FIVE

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