Magnetic madness

Magnetic Madness

Autō Pōrangi

Do opposites attract? Students experiment to explore the properties of magnets, magnetic fields, how compasses work, and the phenomenon of magnetism. Students discover magnetic poles and how magnetism can be used to manipulate metal items. They discover that different materials respond differently to magnets, and temporary magnetism is demonstrated. Students make a compass, and as an extension, discuss cardinal and ordinal points. Using compasses as magnetic field detection devices, the magnetic lines of force around a bar magnet are mapped.  Curriculum strands: Physical and Material Worlds, and The Nature of Science. Activities appropriate from levels 1-5. Curriculum links to Maths.

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