Magnet Experiments

  1. DIY Magnetic Linear Accelerator

    DIY Magnetic Linear Accelerator
    Inside the classroom, the magic of magnetism can be quickly lost to complicated charts and technical assignments. But there’s no shortage of compelling projects you can complete with your students to explain and demonstrate how magnets work without ruining the fun. Continue reading →
  2. Build Your Own Magnetic Motor

    Build Your Own Magnetic Motor
    This video seems like magic but it’s simply magnetic forces at work (it’s interesting how often those two get confused). You can even recreate this experiment yourself. All you’ll need are some neodymium disc magnets of varying sizes, a small sphere magnet, strong tape, and an old CD. Continue reading →
  3. Understanding the Meissner Effect

    Understanding the Meissner Effect
    The world of magnetism is downright vast. From astrophysics to arts and crafts, it plays a large role in many areas of life. What we don’t always hear about is the science behind magnetism—the ins and outs of what makes it work and how these theories can be applied. Continue reading →
  4. DIY Electromagnetic Coil Train

    DIY Electromagnetic Coil Train
    Many tech developers, including Elon Musk, are working on magnetic hyperloop trains. These mass-transit vehicles would be capable of traveling at unseen speeds and totally revolutionize the way many people commute and travel. Continue reading →
  5. Tips for Handling Ferrofluid

    Tips for Handling Ferrofluid
    If you’ve ever used ferrofluid for a science experiment or project, you know it can get everywhere. While it’s one of the coolest magnetic products available, it’s extremely messy and difficult to clean. Here are some tips to help you clean ferrofluid residue off your work surface so you’re prepared for your next experiment. Continue reading →
  6. Shrinking Coins with Electromagnetism

    Shrinking Coins with Electromagnetism
    The saying ‘bigger is better’ has taken the nation by storm, whether it’s describing the size of your phone or your television. But for the people over at Physics Girl, they’ve taken a liking to the exact opposite of that perspective, shrinking. Now you may remember “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” where an inventor’s shrink ray miniaturized his children, but this shrinking isn’t movie magic. Using a capacitor, a coil and some electricity they are able to actually shrink a quarter to a notably smaller size. Although it isn’t truly shrinking, but more compressing, it gives the illusion that the quarter has been shrunk down. Continue reading →
  7. DIY Magnetic Field Bottle

    DIY Magnetic Field Bottle
    It seems like there is no end to what you can do with magnets! Here’s a simple DIY for making a magnetic field sensory bottle. This little guy is a cool desk accessory for the office as well as great way to demonstrate the powers of magnetism. Continue reading →
  8. 5 Cool Magnetic Science Experiments

    5 Cool Magnetic Science Experiments
    Magnets are useful tools for DIY projects and crafts. They also make fun science experiments! Whether you’re learning about magnetism or experimenting with different types of magnets for a project, check out these five experiments and demonstrations from our YouTube channel: Continue reading →
  9. Science Experiment: Dancing Magnet Motor

    Science Experiment: Dancing Magnet Motor
    Whether you’re interested in science, art, dancing, or a combination of all three, you’ll love this science experiment. With powerful magnets and copper wire, you can upcycle a battery while also learning about homopolar motors and the Lorentz force. Get started! Continue reading →
  10. DIY Homopolar Motor

    DIY Homopolar Motor
    The homopolar motor is one of the simplest electric motors. They use electromagnetism to support motion and were developed by Michael Faraday in the 1800’s. Homopolar force can be explained using the Lorentz force. This force is caused by electric currents and magnetic fields that are perpendicular to each other, causing rotation. In one of our past blogs, we showed you how to make a similar homopolar motor. The one we are designing today uses two magnets to create forward propelling motion instead of spinning. This motor will act like a small car, moving forward when placed properly. To get started with your DIY magnet car, you’ll need some supplies you can probably find in your kitchen, along with some magnets, of course! Continue reading →

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