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A Rockiteer Sample Lesson

Science Topic: Magnetism

Students create magnetic creatures and habitats for them to "live" in using magnets and a variety of art materials. As students play with their magnetic creatures, they discover the magnetic concepts of attraction, repulsion, and polarity.

Online Class:
Date: January, 29, 2009
Time: 2 PM PM (Pacific Time)

Enter Classroom

The Story: Magnetic Creatures
Listen to the Story Once upon a time there was a land far, far away with a mountain known as 'Sore Legs Mountain' because anyone who tried to climb it could hardly lift their feet off the ground as they neared the top. At the bottom of the mountain there was no city, no streets, no trees, and no grass. There was just a lot of dirt and rocks and hundreds of holes in the ground! Anyone looking into the holes would occasionally see some eyes looking back up at them! In this land everyone from the smallest babies to th ... To Be Continued at the next Online Science Class

Course Materials
These are the items that you received in the mail for this lesson:
- instructions paper
- 4 pom-poms per person
- 4 or three wiggle eyes
- 1 cut pipe cleaners (1/4 size)
- 10 magnets each, 1/2 inch diameter and .2 inch thick
- Low temperature glue guns & glue sticks
- A few foam shapes
- Paper plates or a piece of the box
- Piece of red threat

Course Experiments Perform the following experiments to help you arrive at a conclusion to the story:

Title: Discover Magnets
Created: 2008-01-27 02:12:26
Overview: Discover the attractive and repulsive nature of the magnets with each other and then test common mat... more

Title: Make a fuzz-ball creature
Created: 2008-01-27 02:24:29
Overview: The project involves making a fuzz-ball creature with a magnet glued to the bottom. You can then mov... more

Title: Measure the "speed" of magnets
Created: 2008-01-29 15:18:38
Overview: Discover how fast different type of magnets can make their way through a Copper tube.

Title: A magnetic suspension
Created: 2008-01-30 14:48:01
Overview: How to create a system of shock absorbers, designed to reduce unwanted motion transmitted from a rid... more

Title: Mess up a color TV
Created: 2008-01-30 23:15:53
Overview: Use some magnets to modify the colors and picture of an old color television set.

Title: Magnetic Screwdriver
Created: 2008-02-01 19:47:06
Overview: Turn an ordinary screwdriver into a magnet.

Title: Identifying fake Magnets
Created: 2008-02-01 20:35:31
Overview: Suppose someone gave you two magnets that look identical. One of them is a magnet and one of them is... more

Title: Demagnetize a Magnet
Created: 2008-02-01 21:57:31
Overview: How to make a magnet loose it's capability to attract stuff.

Title: Make your own compass
Created: 2008-02-01 22:41:57
Overview: Keep a small magnet with you when you are out backpacking or hiking. If you forgot your compass you ... more

Endings of the Story:
My Ending of the Story:

How does the story end? It is up to you. Please write the ending of the story in your own words. Apply your new scientific knowledge that you gained by doing the experiments above. And maybe your ending will be the one that makes it into Mister Mac's book.

Read and Rate endings of other students for this story.

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