Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mad Scientists Club: Magnetic Power

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with magnets
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Cup robots
  • Plastic cups, dixie cups
  • magnets (bought in packs from S&S Worldwide)
  • glue dots
  • miscellaneous decorations
  • scrap paper
  • markers, glue, tape, staples, scissors
Experiments: Magnet Power!
  • Whiteboard - what has magnetic power?
  • Swimming pool (empty)
  • Miscellaneous items to test
  • Magnet wands
Source; A program in Middleton, WI

  • 4-9-15
    • Attendance: 29
    • Notes: A guest from the local radio club came with various batteries and magnets. They're coming on Saturday to demo ham radio. The kids were interested and it went well. I would have had more if there weren't major storms.
  • 2-27-14
    • Attendance: 35
    • Notes: It worked well enough when I tested it, but when I tested it again the magnets somehow...demagnetized each other? Anyways, they stopped working, so I was a little worried about the program, but hey, science is about experiments, right? People ended up having the most fun turning their magnets into fishing rods and fishing in the magnet power pool, and then turning the cups into little ...things. But that's ok!

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