Electromagnet Activity
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This activity reinforces the concepts of electricity, specifically magnetism, and the concept of magnetic fields including which materials best conduct electricity. The activity emphasizes the importance of a product market, encouraging students to keep track of cost of material and compare that to the efficiency of the product.

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  • STEM – General
Target Audience:
  • Secondary School Students
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Ready-To-Go Event
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Activity or Demonstration
Detailed Description and Instructions:

The posted .zip file contains several resources for this activity:

  • ElectromagnetActivity.pdf provides an overview of the activity.
  • Electromagnet Activity Scores.xlsx provides a spreadsheet to support the activity calculations.

The Westinghouse-Pittsburgh Chapter has used this activity in several Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGE) events.

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