STREAM with STEVE: Magnet Magic
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About the Event
DESCRIPTION: Students will be awed when they see and learn about how to make objects float using the principles of Magnetic Levitation! Children will participate in various magnetism experiments and demonstrations, and use their newfound knowledge in the hands-on Engineering Design Process to create and share their own unique compasses, life hacks, electric motors, or games in this teacher-facilitated, interactive, real-time virtual classroom.
STEAM Topics Covered: Magnetism, Magnetic Levitation, Geography, Geomagnetism, Polarity, Molecular Science, Material Properties, Maglev, Simple Machines, Forces, Measurement, Geometry, Hands-on Tools
RESEARCH: For this class, a little pre-requisite research, imagination, and gathering are required! It’s always a great idea for engineers to research ideas on how to build what they want. So for this project, we encourage you to go online and find out how other kids around the world have explored and played with magnetism using common items you might find around your home.
Big Question… WHAT is a MAGNET? Can you bring magnetic things to STEAM Camp? Tools: Pencil/pen, tape, scissors, ruler, arts/crafts supplies Good Extras: hot glue gun, hole puncher
Materials: Please note some items are repetitive for ideas, and not necessary. You will still experience super fun edutainment with minimal materials!
- Think Recyclables: STEAM Camp always makes good use of recyclables, especially cardboard and plastic bottles
- Magnets, Magnets, Magnets! As many as you can collect from around the house (check the fridge!) BONUS: Rare earth magnets, called neodymium, are a bonus.
- Magnetic Materials: Anything magnets stick to! Clothes pins, paper clips, needles, cans, nails/screws/nuts/bolts, coins, metal bearings, metal balls/marbles, iron filings
- Levitators: Lightweight bowl, cork, styrofoam piece, or other light, buoyant object or material
- Tinfoil, dish sponge, large plastic bottle, cereal box
- AA or AAA battery, copper pipe, copper wire
- Small toy car
REGISTER for Fri. April 3: Registrants will receive an exclusive access code and instructions so kids can easily log in and participate from a computer, smart device, or TV