Activity

Magnetic race track

Summary
Use a magnet to pull a car/boat/luge sled along a race track.
Science content
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Lessons activity is in
Materials
  • small light cars, or an image of a race car, with a coin (test for magnet attraction) glued underneath
  • images of other vehicles to race, glued to a coin (that is attracted to magnets) e.g. boat for ice racing, luge
  • race tracks printed out and taped to cardboard (not to thick - the magnet needs to work through it
  • magnets, one per racing vehicle
Procedure

Put a magnet under the card below the car or cardboard car/boat/luge etc, and move the magnet to drag the vehicle along, following the track.

Students can design their own race tracks.

Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2