Age range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering
  • Physics

Magnet madness

Four fun experiments using powerful magnets

This activity sheet was developed with the support and participation of the School of Engineering at Cardiff University.

Magnets are objects that produce a magnetic field that can either attract or repel other magnetic materials. This has many potential uses, such as in power generation, speaker design and advanced transport systems, such as MAGLEV trains.
This is a series of practical experiments that demonstrate various different scientific principles related to magnets and magnetism.

Activity info,  teachers’ notes and curriculum links

These activities provide a quick, engaging set of tasks designed to demonstrate various theories related to the use of magnets, such as electromagnetic induction, chaos theory and magnetic fields. Although mainly designed as science activities, they could also be used as an introduction to power generation or the potential uses of magnets in Design and Technology and Engineering projects.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Magnet madness

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