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Virtual Electromagnet

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Virtual Electromagnet

This is an interactive online activity, in which learners equip a virtual electromagnet and see how many iron filings it can pick up. Learners change various characteristics of the electromagnet including the number of windings, the gage of the wire, the current type (AC or DC), the material used in the wire, and the voltage on the power supply.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • A computer (Windows XP or Vista; Mac OS 10.2.8 or higher) and an internet connection.


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electromagnetic Fields
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Elements and Periodic Table

Informal Categories

  • Electronics


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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