Magnet Experiments

  1. 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 →
  2. 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 →
  3. DIY Magnetic Dart Launcher

    DIY Magnetic Dart Launcher
    We can trace the existence of darts to as early as the 1500’s, when King Henry VIII wanted his archers to be able to practice aim year round. Today, the game can be found in bars and pubs across the world. Now, you may have seen magnetic darts in stores, but none quite like this. Rather than using a dart with its point replaced by a magnet and throwing it at a magnetic pad, YouTuber Magnetic Games has used the power of magnetism to load and shoot the traditional sharp darts. Now this DIY is NOT recommended for children, but you may feel like a kid again with how fun it is. Continue reading →
  4. DIY Magnet Trampoline

    DIY Magnet Trampoline
    The basics of positive and negative force can be difficult to understand without hands on experience. That’s why playing with magnets is not only fun, but also educational! An extremely enjoyable and slightly addictive way to do this is by creating a magnet trampoline. Continue reading →
  5. St. Patrick's Day Science Experiment

    St. Patrick's Day Science Experiment
    St. Patrick’s Day is usually associated with lucky clovers, leprechauns, and gold at the end of rainbows. Unfortunately, gold is not magnetic so it’s more difficult to find even when using a rainbow as a map. What metals are magnetic? Here’s a fun St. Patrick’s Day-themed science experiment you can try to determine what materials have magnetic properties and how they move through different density’s when a magnetic field is applied: Continue reading →
  6. DIY Diamagnetism Experiment

    DIY Diamagnetism Experiment
    Diamagnetism is a magnetic property first discovered in 1778 by Dutch scientist Sebald Justinus Brugmans. He discovered the property while using bismuth and antimony and realized they were repelled by magnetic fields. It wasn’t until 1845 that English scientist Michael Faraday named the property diamagnetism while studying elements and compounds that exhibited negative magnetism, meaning they were pushing away from the magnet. In layman's terms, diamagnetism is a property that every element possesses, which causes a weak repulsion from a magnetic field. In contrast, some elements also possess ferromagnetism and paramagnetism, which causes them to be strongly attracted or repulsed by the magnetic field. To show diamagnetism, you can use a DIY magnet experiment with a common everyday food, grapes, to show small repulsion when exposed to a strong rare earth magnet. This experiment will only work with neodymium magnets because of the strong magnetic field they produce.     Continue reading →
  7. DIY Magnetic Field Sensor Bottle

    DIY Magnetic Field Sensor Bottle
    Magnetic fields are invisible so what can we do to determine where they are and how strong they are? If you don’t have a ferrofluid bottle or magnetic field viewer film on hand, you can create your own magnetic field sensor with this tutorial: Continue reading →
  8. Magnetic Science Experiment

    Magnetic Science Experiment
    Neodymium magnets are not only useful for organizing clutter or making crafts, but also for demonstrating the unique properties of magnetism and magnetic fields. If you’re looking for an easy and fun science experiment, check out this magnetic tutorial for a hollow pyramid with a ring magnet: Continue reading →
  9. DIY Levitating Pen

    DIY Levitating Pen
    Today, people use their keyboards to write more often than they use pens or pencils. If that doesn’t stop you from buying nice new pens, here’s a high-tech way you can display your favorite writing utensil using magnetic levitation: Continue reading →
  10. How To Use Magnetic Field Viewer Film

    How To Use Magnetic Field Viewer Film
    There are many different ways to see magnetic fields even though they are invisible to the naked eye. You can use a compass or iron filings to determine the direction and boundaries of a magnetic field. Or you can use magnetic field viewer film to see the magnetic field lines of magnets. It’s usually used by hobbyists to examine electronics. So, how does it work? Continue reading →

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