Getting Current: Generating Electricity Using a Magnet

Give your class a magnetic charge with this creative experiment designed to teach emerging scientists about electromagnetism. Pupils construct a model that demonstrates the function of an electrical generator and test this creation in a controlled environment. They conclude by participating in a discussion on energy and electricity.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Hold a class discussion about the importance of magnetism in relation to Earth's atmosphere
  • Research electrical power plants and discuss their importance as well as the risk factors they pose on those who live nearby
Classroom Considerations

  • Ensure magnets are not held near anything that could be damaged as a result

  • Cleanup is minimal, and materials used are nontoxic
  • Provides the ability to expand this lesson and relate it to daily occurrences in our local environment

  • Does not include a formal assessment or worksheet as a concluding piece to the activity