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Activity

Magnet sculpture

Summary: 
Build a sculpture using a magnet and many small iron pins or shapes.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • one large strong magnet, or several smaller strong magnets
  • card or thick paper
  • small iron-containing shapes
Procedure: 

Lay the thick paper/card over the magnets.
Pile the pins or shapes onto the card, and arrange.
They can see how tall they can build the sculpture/what shapes they can make etc.

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Teaching site: 
After School Program at Elementary schools in New York City