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  1. How to Create a DIY Magnetometer Inside a Tic Tac Box

    How to Create a DIY Magnetometer Inside a Tic Tac Box
    Ever wonder how you could make your very own Magnetometer? This DIY project allows you to do so right from the comfort of your home. Magnetometers measure the strength of magnetic fields – acting as an essential tool to assess the strength of permanent magnets and electromagnets in order to understand the field shape of nontrivial magnet configurations. Use these steps to create a pocket-size portable Magnetometer inside a Tic Tac Box! Continue reading →
  2. Build Your Own Free Energy Mobile Phone Charger with Magnets

    Build Your Own Free Energy Mobile Phone Charger with Magnets
    You might be familiar with wireless charging options for your cell phone, but what about free energy charging options? While there are multiple meanings to the phrase “free energy” in scientific applications, for the purpose of our mobile charger experiment, the free energy is the amount of energy in a system that is available to do work. By harnessing free energy through the use of magnets, we’ve learned that with enough power, you’ll be able to charge your phone. Read on to learn more about the experiment and what you’ll need to make this possible!  Continue reading →
  3. 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 →
  4. 4 Mesmerizing Magnet Videos

    4 Mesmerizing Magnet Videos
    In general, it can be said that videos on the Internet have a certain “magnetic” quality to them, whether you’re watching them to learn new things, to check out the latest Beyoncé music video, or even just to procrastinate. But, they can become even more mesmerizing with the presence of actual magnets.   We’ve rounded up 4 of the most mesmerizing magnet videos we could find online...and one bonus one that is only technically on topic, but that you’ll enjoy all the same. Check them out: Continue reading →
  5. 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 →
  6. 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 →
  7. 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 →
  8. 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 →
  9. DIY Magnetic Rocket Experiment

    DIY Magnetic Rocket Experiment
    Launching a rocket into space is expensive. The current chemical method requires over 800,000 gallons of liquid propellants. On average it costs $450 million per shuttle launch, which is in addition to the cost of the shuttle itself. The Space Shuttle Endeavor cost $1.7 billion. So, as costs continue to rise some scientists and engineers are trying to come up with an alternative launch method. Continue reading →
  10. How To Make A Magnetometer

    How To Make A Magnetometer
    Magnetometers are used to measure the direction of a magnetic field or the magnetization of a magnetic material. They can also be used to measure geomagnetic storms. So, if you missed the aurora sightings from the latest geomagnetic storm you can predict the next ones with your own DIY magnetometer. Continue reading →

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