In this activity, students will construct their own electromagnet from a battery, wire, and a nail.
This resource is a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.
In this activity, students will design an experiment to test factors that affect the strength of an electromagnet.
This resource was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.
In this lesson, students will make a simple electromagnet by wrapping a wire around a nail and attaching the ends of the wire to a battery to make an electric circuit. As current flows through the coil, a magnetic field is produced and the nail is magnetized. Lessons like this one help to build a foundation upon which students can develop their ideas about gravitational force and how electric currents and magnets can exert a force as well.