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Find your way with magnetic power by making a compass

Suitable For

Grade 4

Difficulty

2

Time Required

 <1 Hour

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

In this science experiment we will be making a compass with a simple steel sewing needle, by magnetising it:

Topics covered

Magnetism, Detergent, Magnetic North, True North

What will I need?

  • THIN PIECE OF STYROFOAM
  • KNITTING NEEDLE
  • STICKY TAPE
  • CARDBOARD
  • MAGNET
  • DETERGENT
  • GLASS OF WATER

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

A Magnet is a metal object that attracts pieces of ferrous (metal) objects. Magnets always have a north and a south pole and the opposite poles always attract each other while the same (equal) poles will repel each other. The compass works because the Earth behaves like a gigantic magnet. One end of the earth’s magnet lies near the earth’s north pole and the other at the south pole. These ends of the ‘earth’s magnet’ attract the ends of the needle so that it orientates itself North / South.

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