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10 Pack SKU: 1824-61
Your Mission: Design and build a crane that can best sort magnetic materials for recycling. Start by making and experimenting with an electromagnet, then create a crane to move it. Test the crane using the scientific method. Evolve the crane through the engineering design process. How many magnetic items can you sort in two minutes? Compete against other cranes, or challenge yourself in the Super Sort Engineering and Design Challenge.
Use found (recycling bin) materials to enhance your crane design or as sorting material for the Engineering & Design Challenge. Each activity provides plenty of extra parts to try different designs and continue to tinker. This activity is a real “pick me up.”
Electromagnet Crane Educational Goals
- Utilize the design and engineering process
- Encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
- Learn about electromagnetism, magnetic fields, and simple machines
- Apply the scientific method
- Innovate (design, build and evolve your own unique Crane design)
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This document has everything you need to do the Electromagnet Crane Activity.
Students learn about magnet construction and how wire wraps improve the magnetic field.
This Build gives the understanding required to solve engineering challengers.
Elevate your crane to the next level with these Engineer Challenges.
Download the "In The Bucket" Challenge
Get as many paper clips into a cup as you can.
Download the "Clip Hanger" Challenge
Hang as many paper clips as you can.
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.
Download the Challenge Scorecard
Use this simple scorecard to keep track of student progress and Points for Electromagnet Competitions.
Challenge Scorecard - PDF
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
Download the Overview
Brief overview about the TeacherGeek Electromagnet documents, activity procedure, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.
Electromagnet Overview - Editable Word Document
Other Useful Resources:
Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.
Saw, Pruning Shears
Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).
#3 Drill Bit and Drill
Tighten and loosen screws
Holding and Pulling
Hold nuts, pull apart components
|Wire Stripping||Strip (remove) wire insulation||None|
Additional Supplies Needed to Build an Electromagnet Crane: This activity requires AA batteries, tape, scissors, magnetic and non-magnetic materials (paperclips, binder clips, erasers, etc.).
Make your Electromagnet Crane even better by incorporating recycling bin material.
Electromagnet Crane Components
What's in the Electromagnet Crane Activity?
|Component:||10pk Quantity:||Single Quantity:|
|3in Slide Stop||10||1|
|#6 1/4in Screws||20||2|
|Battery Holder (2 AA)
w/ Switch & Leads
This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 9 and above with adult supervision.
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