|Name of Activity||Introduction to Magnetism|
|Keywords||magnetism, electricity, circuits|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Students will be introduced to the concept of magnetism through a combination of discussion, video, and a short activity.|
|Lesson Objectives:||-Introduce students to the concept of magnetism.
-Ensure students understand how electricity and magnetism are linked.
-Discuss the difference between naturally magnetic materials and electromagnets. Which is more useful to us and why? (Answer: electromagnets are used more often than natural magnets because they are able to be turned on and off.)
-A demonstration can be done using magnets and compasses, to be found in the CEEO. Students can see how the magnetic field of the magnet will influence the compass, which relies on the magnetic field of the Earth to show direction.
|Preparation and Set Up:||-Collect enough materials such that students can test their compasses and magnets in pairs.|
|Necessary Background||Students should be given an introduction on magnetism, what it is, how we use it, how it is related to electricity, etc. We found that Bill Nye has a couple of excellent videos on Youtube explaining magnetism and electromagnetism.|
|Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable)||Electricity & Magnetism|