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Magnetic Seesaw


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    Community Science Workshop Network

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Magnetic Seesaw

In this activity, learners build a seesaw powered by magnets. Use this activity to demonstrate how a lever is a simple machine and how magnets repel and attract depending on the alignment of the poles.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 base board (4"x6")
  • 4 magnets
  • 1 tongue depressor
  • 2 corks
  • 1 straw
  • 1 toothpick
  • card stock or thick paper
  • hot glue gun
  • pencil
  • coloring pencils
  • scissors

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electromagnetic Fields
      • Earth's Magnetic Field
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Mission Science Workshop

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Mission Science Workshop, ©2013

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