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  1. Top 5 Blog Posts from 2014

    Top 5 Blog Posts from 2014
    Last year, we answered a number of magnet questions and showcased creative DIY projects in our blogs. As we enter the new year, we are taking a few minutes to reflect on the top blogs from last year. Read on to see the top posts from 2014. Continue reading →
  2. Geeky Gift Ideas for Science Lovers

    Geeky Gift Ideas for Science Lovers
    Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year can be a challenge. However, if there is a science lover on your list, we may be able to help you find the right one. As fellow science enthusiasts, we have compiled a list of some of the geekiest gifts out there. Some of the items we've listed, you can even make yourself with a few simple items. Continue reading →
  3. Spooky Science Experiments for Halloween

    Spooky Science Experiments for Halloween
    From Frankenstein to ghost hunting, science has long been referenced in Halloween stories. Although the science behind the spooky stories is sometimes flawed, we can’t help but admire the creative efforts of storytellers. Therefore, in the spirit of Halloween, we have put together some of the spookiest science experiment ideas that are perfect for teaching science while still  having scary fun. Continue reading →
  4. Build a Levitating Model Train Track with Magnets

    Build a Levitating Model Train Track with Magnets
    Maglev trains are powered by magnetic levitation technology. If you have ever heard about or ridden on one of these high speed trains, then you may already know that they hover above the track. This is because their design is based on the Meissner effect. When cooled to a super low temperature, superconducting materials like Yttrium-barium-copper-oxide enter a state of zero electrical resistance, expel magnetic fields and can levitate. You can build your own mini Maglev train and track, with a few simple materials and construction. We have outlined some steps and supplies below, however, this method differs from the Maglev train technology. Read on, and see if you can guess how this design is different. Continue reading →
  5. Frankenstein Magnets

    Frankenstein Magnets
    Did you know that there is an actual Frankenstein Day? In August, there is one to celebrate the writer Mary Shelley’s birthday, but there is also one this month. The last Friday of October is Frankenstein Friday and it just so happens that this year it falls on Halloween. It has been two centuries since Shelley wrote Frankenstein, but everyone is still familiar with the monster tale that has become one of the main symbols of Halloween. This month you can celebrate Frankenstein and general October spookiness with these Frankenstein fridge magnets! Continue reading →
  6. Is It Magnetic? An Experiment

    Is It Magnetic? An Experiment
    Magnetism is an essential science lesson, and you can make teaching about it loads of fun with some creative tools. For a beginner, learning about the complex world of magnetism can seem a bit daunting. However, if you start with the basics and this creative experiment, it should be easier to move onto some more advanced concepts. One of the most basic magnet lessons is figuring out what is and what is not magnetic. In other words, what do magnets attract (besides other magnets)? A fun way to do this is with a magnetic test experiment. Continue reading →
  7. How to Build a Magnetic Murphy Desk

    How to Build a Magnetic Murphy Desk
    In a small house or apartment, space can be tight. If you’ve lived in a small home, you’ve probably come up with a few tricks of your own to amplify the space that you have. One idea to help save space is to build a Murphy desk. You may have heard the term “murphy” used when referring to the bed━the Murphy bed, named for its patented inventor, William Lawrence Murphy. The bed folds up to fit into a vertical wall, and this DIY follows the same concept. You can fold the desk up when you’re not using it and pull it out when you need it. Continue reading →
  8. Magnet Experiments: Build a Speaker with Magnets

    Magnet Experiments: Build a Speaker with Magnets
    Can you imagine life without music? Well, without magnets it would be pretty difficult to listen to it. Did you know that magnets are inside speakers and headphones? Magnets allow us to hear the music that we love so much. You can even create your own DIY set of speakers with some magnets and learn a little bit about audio, electricity and science in the process. There are tons of variations on homemade speakers, even a Mason jar version. But, we have created a simple version for those of you that would like to try it out! Continue reading →
  9. Magnet Experiments: Magnets and Eddy Currents

    Magnet Experiments: Magnets and Eddy Currents
    A common experiment in the physics field is the age-old, “drop a magnet down a tube” trick, which is actually an example of eddy currents and Lenz’s law in action. Eddy currents are circular electric currents that are produced by conductors in a changing magnetic field. In other words, when a magnet is dropped down a circular, metallic tube it falls slower because the electrons from the magnet and the tube counteract each other, pushing the magnet against the forces of gravity. This is a demonstration of Lenz’s law, which was named for the German physicist who discovered it, Heinrich Lenz. Continue reading →
  10. Magnet Experiment: How to Make an Electromagnet

    Magnet Experiment: How to Make an Electromagnet
    The discovery that electricity and magnetism are closely related goes as far back as the 1820s, when physicist Hans Christian Oersted demonstrated that an electrical current creates a magnetic field capable of deflecting a compass needle. Oersted’s discovery established that there is more than just one type of magnet. Continue reading →

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