Sunday, January 3, 2010

Homeschool Engineering

Today we worked with our motor generator kit, his Aunt gave him for Christmas. It is a great kit, there are about 12 experiments on magnets plus the instructions to build different motor and generators. This kit can be easily adapted for younger kids or used for older children.

Today we did a few of the magnet experiments. The instructions are well written and easy to follow. There are a just a few household items needed such as string and thumbtacks, most everything is provided.

Experiment #1 - Finds the Earth North Pole

You use the magnets to observe the effects they had on a compass. Then you suspend magnet from a string and the north pole of the magnet will turn to face north, this shows the north pole of the magnet. Label the north and south pole of the magnet.

Experiment #2 - How magnet poles attract and repel
Use the magnets by putting the north and south poles together and apart to see how they attract or repel.

Experiment #3 - Why Magnets Attract
You try different things around the house to see what works with the magnets and what will attract or repel the magnets. A dollar bill is a great one for this because the ink is magnetized.


  1. Looks like a great kit... we haven't tried the dollar bills with a magnet yet, KarateKid would get a big kick out of that! Thanks for sharing. :)

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