magnet experiments

  1. Japanese Artist Yukako Hihara Designs Anti-Gravity Shoes

    Japanese Artist Yukako Hihara Designs Anti-Gravity Shoes
    Image pulled from Yukako Hihara's Instagram account.  Japenese artist and designer Yukako Hihara has designed a pair of “anti-gravity” shoes. The reason for this creation? Yukako explained, “I wanted to make the impossible, possible. When I was a kid, I dreamt of flying, like Peter Pan, walking on the clouds or even the moon.” Read more below on how repelling magnets are the key to Yukako’s design. Continue reading →
  2. Keep Kids' Minds Active in the Summer With This Amazing Magnet Pen

    Keep Kids' Minds Active in the Summer With This Amazing Magnet Pen
    It can be hard to find activities for the kids to do that are both educational and fun, but this experiment is just that. Keep your kids busy and their minds active this summer by making a magic spinning pen. The best part? You probably have all of the materials for this experiment already! Continue reading →
  3. Lasers Are Affecting Magnets’ Magnetic Properties

    Lasers Are Affecting Magnets’ Magnetic Properties
    Did you know oftentimes, magnets are not actually magnetic when they are in the early stages of production? Instead, they are activated with a magnetizer (check out our video here to watch this process). If magnets can become magnetized, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that magnets can just as easily become demagnetized. We already know that magnets can become demagnetized for a lot of reasons, such as volume loss from corrosion, high heat, heavy impact, or just over time. Scientists at CU Boulder are currently investigating a new way that magnets are becoming demagnetized though -- being shot by a laser. Continue reading →
  4. How a Puzzle for Children Helped Physicists Understand Magnetism

    How a Puzzle for Children Helped Physicists Understand Magnetism
    At some point during your childhood, you probably played with a popular sliding puzzle game that originated in the 1880s consisting of tiles in a grid—most likely a 3x3 grid (an 8-puzzle) or 4x4 grid (a 15-puzzle). The concept was simple: get the tiles in numerical order by sliding the tiles, utilizing the empty space. It was frustrating. It was addicting.  It was challenging. Now, physicists are using it as a way to try and understand how magnets work, which is one of the most complex puzzles. Continue reading →
  5. Magnetic Field Diode

    Magnetic Field Diode
    The future of electronics may change, as researchers have created a material that acts as a magnetic diode. This “magnetic field diode” is similar to the already known electrical diode, but this device could transfer a magnetic field to another object, but not the other way around. Continue reading →
  6. Create Your Own Backyard Magnetic Planetarium

    Create Your Own Backyard Magnetic Planetarium
    As magnet enthusiasts, we read a lot about all things magnetic—from influential people making magnetic discoveries and magnets in technology to how magnetism functions in space! We recently came across a great way to combine our interests: a do-it-yourself backyard magnetic geodesic planetarium. Continue reading →
  7. Make Your Own Magnetic Battery Connector from E-Waste

    Make Your Own Magnetic Battery Connector from E-Waste
    Every year Americans throw away 9.4 million tons of electronics including mobile phones, computers, TVs, fax machines, and more. All of this e-waste represents untapped sources of useful materials like batteries, copper, and even gold. Instead of throwing away old electronics, you can reuse the parts. Here’s how to use magnets to re-purpose old laptop batteries into a battery connector: Continue reading →
  8. 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 →
  9. Magnetizing Objects with a Bar Magnet

    Magnetizing Objects with a Bar Magnet
    Is it possible to give objects that are not magnets the power of magnetism? That is the question that we are putting to the test in this magnet experiment! Read on to see how a magnet can turn a regular piece of steel or other metal into a magnet. Continue reading →

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