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Hands-on Activity

Making a Magnet

Fun Forces
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.
Topic: Magnetism, electricity
Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of the force of magnetism
  • An exploration of how electrical currents can induce magnetic fields
In this activity, students will create a simple electromagnet using a nail, a battery, and copper wire. They will attempt to pick up nails using the magnet, and they will investigate how different variables affect the strength of the magnet.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 2 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.



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