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Anti-Gravity Chamber

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Anti-Gravity Chamber

In this activity, learners will use magnets and household items to create a structure that allows paperclips to appear like they are floating. Learners will observe how the forces of gravity and magnetism differ in the experiment, and which one is the stronger force on the "floating" paperclips. Includes step-by-step instructions with pictures, a section that introduces the 4 fundamental forces of physics, and suggested extensions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Paperclips
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • 6 soda cans (make sure you wash them)
  • Tape
  • Magnets
  • Black string or fishing wire (for floating illusion)
  • (Optional) hot glue


  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity


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