Lesson plan


Make a simple electromagnet and a motor
Science content
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Physics: Energy forms, Conservation of Energy (1, 3, 4, 5)
Physics: Electricity, Electromagnetism (7)
Activities in this lesson

Permanent magnets are always magnetic.
There is another way to make a magnet, using electricity.
Make electromagnets.
Make or demonstrate a hand-wound motor, to show that it works by an electromagnet.
Optional: make a speaker.

Electromagnets are used constantly in our lives, as motors, speakers, door bells, maglev trains, moving large pieces of metal around e.g. scrap metal yards, MRI machines.

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