STC - Magnets and Motors

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Grade: 4
Type: Physical Science
Children have always enjoyed working and playing with magnets.  In this unit, students will have the opportunity to progress through the topics of magnetism, electricity, and electromagnetism.  Students will investigate the historical background of magnets, the properties of magnets, and the magnetic properties of electric circuits.  Activities will include a variety of hands-on experiences for the students.  Students will make a compass, build electromagnets, construct and operate two simple electric motors, and produce electricity with an electric generator. Students will also compare and  contrast the working characteristics of the motor that they constructed with that of a commercial electric motor.  Ongoing problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills will be both developed and challenged.

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