Electromagnet Crane Activity Documents

Electromagnet Crane Activity Documents

Electromagnet Activity Document Downloads

A real “pick-me-up”, the TeacherGeek electromagnetic crane is a classic activity with a green twist – engineer and construct a crane design to innovate how we recycle! Start by building and experimenting with an electromagnet, adding a crane for control. Evolve your creation with the Engineering & Design Process, using included extra TeacherGeek components and recycling bin materials. How many magnetic objects can you sort in two minutes? Compete against other cranes, or assess your abilities in the Super Sort or Paper Clip Challenges.

Make It Your Own: The documents for this activity are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format. If you wish to edit a document, simply download the Microsoft Word format.

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Download the Classroom Overview

Brief overview about the TeacherGeek Electromagnet documents, activity procedure, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.

Electromagnet Overview - PDF
Electromagnet Overview - Editable Word Document

 

This build guide has everything you need to construct an example Electromagnetic Crane, along with your own designs through the Engineering Process. Perfect for libraries, boy and girl scouts, science fairs, kitchen table, maker's fairs and after school use. Develop the magnet, then add the crane and set out to complete the Labs and Design & Engineering Challenges.

Electromagnet Crane All-in-One - PDF
Electromagnet Crane All-in-One - Editable Word Document

 

Download the Electromagnet Build Guide with a Lab

During this step you will start the "build" of your electromagnet (the part with the metal, battery, and wire). Once the electromagnet is started, students learn how more “wraps” of electrical wire around a screw, when powered by the battery, improves a magnetic field in the lab. Students will test magnetic and non-magnetic materials with their electromagnet and record their findings.

Electromagnet Build Guide with a Lab - PDF
Electromagnet Build Guide with a Lab - Editable Word Document

 

Download the Crane Build for the Electromagnet

Now that the electromagnet is built, during this guide you will create the example crane body and attach your electromagnet to it.

The example crane works, but not very well. Building the example will give the understanding required to turn it in to your own unique design (a better design). Redesign the crane to solve engineering challenges.

Crane Build for an Electromagnet - PDF
Crane Build for Electromagnet - Editable Word Document

 

 

 



 

 

What do you need to know about an engineering challenge? First… you are never done. Every design can be improved, so students should be working on improving their crane until the very last available second. Design, build, test and evolve different crane configurations during these engineering challenges. Experiment with things like how your crane connects, moves, what material it is made from, the possibilities are endless!

What do you need to know about an engineering challenge? First… you are never done. Every design can be improved, so students should be working on improving their crane until the very last available second. Design, build, test and evolve different crane configurations during these engineering challenges. Experiment with things like how your crane connects, moves, what material it is made from, the possibilities are endless!

 

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Download the "In The Bucket" Challenge

Get as many paper clips into a cup as you can.

"In The Bucket" Challenge - PDF
"In The Bucket" Challenge - Editable Word Document

 

 

 

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Download the "Clip Hanger" Challenge

Hang as many paper clips as you can.

"Clip Hanger" Challenge - PDF
"Clip Hanger" Challenge - Editable Word Document

 

 

 

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Download the "Super Sort" Challenge

Sort as much magnetic and non-magnetic materials as you can in the "Super Sort" arena. Printable arenas available for Single Player or go head-to-head in the Two Player Arena.

"Super Sort" Challenge - PDF
"Super Sort" Challenge - Editable Word Document

"Super Sort" Arena - Single Player - PDF
"Super Sort" Arena - Two Player - PDF

 

Electromagnet For Fun Build Guide

Download the Challenge Scorecard

Use this simple scorecard to keep track of student progress and Points for Electromagnet Competitions.

Challenge Scorecard - PDF

 

 

 

 

Electromagnet For Fun Build Guide

Download the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook

Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle thru the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities.

Simple Engineering Notebook - PDF
Engineering Notebook - PDF

 

 

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