Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mighty Magnets!

Mr. Musselman of the Burlington Science Center was in to visit the Kindergartners of Pine Glen and share with us his magnet program.  We learned how strong magnets can be and discussed many of their uses.  Magnets stick to metals like iron, cobalt and nickel.    He showed us many different kinds of magnets and told us various stories about them.  We learned about electomagnets.  These need electricity to become magnetic.  Mr. Musselman challenged our thinking with a few questions.  He asked if size matters.  Are bigger sized magnets stronger than smaller magnets.  We theorized that size did matter.....but the evidence, we learned proved otherwise!
He also asked.......What makes a magnet strong?  He challenged students to figure it out on their own.  
Mrs. Hoyt encourages students to take the challenge.  If you have an idea.....please share it......write a note, draw a picture or put your ideas on the ipad.  Test your idea and then we will share ideas with Mr. Musselman!

Hannah was asked by Mr. Musselman to test some of the magnet theories.

Students had lots of ideas to offer.

Abhidnya worked hard to test the stregth of the electromagnet Mr. Musselman brought.

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