Compasses have been around for centuries, but the earliest findings
date back to China during the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC.) The first compass used for travel was also used by a Chinese man named Zheng He, who used it for navigating the oceans from 1405 to 1435.
Today, you can find compasses anywhere from the dollar store to your smartphone. In order to demonstrate how compasses work
, you can make your own compass using simple household materials that you probably already have lying around the house. Your homemade compass could also come in handy if you ever find yourself lost in the woods on a hiking trip with no power to your cell phone and no other way to escape! Continue reading →