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Magnetisphere

In this activity about magnetism (page seven of the pdf), learners experiment with magnets to better understand how magnetic fields work. More importantly, they learn that Earth is surrounded by its own magnetic field, and how this magnetic field helps protect us from potentially harmful solar activity.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Strong polarity bar magnet
  • Plastic wrap/Contact paper
  • Iron Filings
  • Plastic salad tray or Aluminum tray
  • Spoons
  • Straws
  • Safety goggles
  • Worksheet - Part of given activity
  • A small button

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Earth's Magnetic Field
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electromagnetic Fields
      • Earth's Magnetic Field

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • All Rights Reserved, COSI Columbus, ©2009

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