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Magnet Academy


found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Magnet Academy features demonstrations, videos, activities, downloads, and more on magnetism and electricity for grades K-12. There are a number of ways to explore the website’s resources. A navigation bar offers six entry points. Search by topic, age level, format, and grade level. Four sections configure the website’s contents for kids, teens, adults/college, and teachers. A “Ways to Learn” option provides content according to six learning styles.

Clicking Learn the Basics  outlines the history of Giant Magnetoresistance, a phenomenon that makes it possible for iPods and hard drives to work, highlighting the work of Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg who shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Clicking Kids offers a downloadable activity book, science demo videos, and things to do at home or in the classroom like See Iron in Food in which students use a magnet to separate the iron contained in some iron-rich foods. Download a PDF version of Learn How To Reveal Iron Hidden In Your Food.  ( PDF, 2.8 MB, 2 pgs.)

Clicking Teens  features interactive tutorials like the Barkhausen Effect that combines magnetism and acoustics. Students can adjust the position of a magnet along a copper coil and turn on or off the iron core to induce a current in the coil detectable by the amplifier.

Clicking Teachers offers lesson plans. Compasses is an opportunity for students to make a compass. Brief video attached. Aligned with NGSS.

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