Activity

Magnetic car race

Summary
Race cars using magnets to make them move.
Science content
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Lessons activity is in
Materials
  • Toy magnetic cars, or small light cars with a magnet affixed underneath
  • Wand magnets
  • Large sheet of thin card
  • Blocks to raise card
Procedure

Make the racetrack by resting each end of the card on the blocks. A start and finish line can be drawn on the card.
The cars start at one end of the card.
Put the wands under the card below the cars, and move the wands to drag the cars to the finish line.

Notes

Test for the correct thickness of card to make the cars move OK, and one has to be a little careful not to lose them if the wand is moved fast.

Grades taught
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teaching site
After School Programs at Elementary schools in New York City