Electromagnet Activity Pack

$2.98

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How do you make the strongest electromagnet? Does it get stronger when you add more wraps? What can it pick up? Answer these questions, and more, with this attractive activity!

Activity packs come with everything you’ll need for your magnet – just supply a battery. Wrapping your magnets has never been easier – aluminum wire is a game changer bending and holding shape better than any other. The included Go Guide gets kids started and leads kids to experiment with their magnets, testing their strength as they change the number of wraps. Add optional challenges or labs to get kids engaged and investigating like never before. This activity is sure to pull kids in!


You don't need any tools for this activity pack!
Scroll down to "Things You'll Need" for more info.

Age Range

4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18+

Customize this activity for the highlighted ages with tons of free labs and challenges!

This is an educational product and not a toy. Adult supervision is required.

Check out the Electromagnetic Crane 2.0 for a more challenging electromagnet activity.

Videos

Documents

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Go Guide:

Give it to your students and go! This is the essential document to get students started with constructing your Electromagnet, culminating in the Clip-Hanger Challenge.

Go Guide:
PDF | DOCX
Start here! Build and experiment with your Electromagnet, then begin the Clip-Hanger Challenge!

Labs:

Magnetic Materials Lab:
PDF | DOCX
Test different materials to see which are magnetic and which are not. Ages 8+.

Challenges:

Clip-Hanger Challenge:
These challenges are embedded right in the Go Guide! You don't need to download any extra documents.
Stack-It Challenge:
Washer-Hanger Challenge:
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Other Resources:

STEM Rubric:
PDF | DOCX
Use the STEM Rubric to assess any TeacherGeek project.
STEAM Market-It Challenge:
PDF | DOCX
Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Things You'll Need

You're going to need some stuff, but don't sweat it! You probably have it already.

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TeacherGeek Tools

optional

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

optional

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • AA Battery (To power your electromagnet)
  • Optional Items (for Clip-Hanger Challenge on Page 5 of Go Guide)
    • 12 Paperclips
    • Tape
    • Cup
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TeacherGeek Tools

optional

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

optional

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Aluminum Wire Roll (if you purchased your Maker Cart before summer 2021)
  • AA Battery (To power your electromagnet)
  • Optional Items (for Clip-Hanger Challenge on Page 5 of Go Guide)
    • 12 Paperclips
    • Tape
    • Cup
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Make sure you have the right components - check the Go Guide (see above).

TeacherGeek Tools

optional

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

optional

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • AA Battery (To power your electromagnet)
  • Optional Items (for Clip-Hanger Challenge on Page 5 of Go Guide)
    • 12 Paperclips
    • Tape
    • Cup

Activity Pack Components

What comes with the Electromagnet Activity?

The table shows what comes in each single kit. To see what comes in a 10-pack, just multiply by 10.
Component Quantity
#10 Washer 10
#10 50mm Screw 1
AA Single Battery Holder 1
Perpendicular Block 1
Wire Roll 1

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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NGSS Standards Spreadsheet:
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