DIY Electromagnets

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Ideal for grades 2-5, this electromagnetism experiment gives students hands-on exposure to how electricity and magnetism can be linked. Students build an electromagnet that can pick up metal objects.

After completing this experiment, students will understand:
• What electromagnetism is and how it functions

Required resources:

  • Batteries (9V preferred)
  • Copper wire
  • Large nails, a few sizes
  • Metal objects (Steel, aluminum, copper)
  • Tape or a clamp