Vocabulary Word of the Week: Pole

The vocab word of the week is pole. We’re not talking about the long metal thing firefighters slide down! Magnets have north and south poles.
The vocab word of the week is pole. We’re not talking about the long metal thing firefighters slide down! Magnets have north and south poles.

Two magnets must use the opposite poles in order to attract one another.

Earth has a magnetic field as well that attracts magnets towards the North Pole, which is exactly what compasses are used for. Today’s activity will show you how you can create your own compass so you can observe how magnetic poles work for yourself!

Materials:
1. Shallow bowl or plastic lid
2. Straight pin or needle
3. Bar Magnet
4. Piece of styrofoam, cork, or lid to plastic milk carton
5. Water

Method:

  1. If you’re using cork board or styrofoam, cut a small piece off. If you’re using a cork bottle stopper, cut it to form a thin, circular piece.

  2. Next, we have to make the magnet. Hold the needle in one hand and slide one side of the magnet along the needle. Slide the magnet in upwards on the needle, lift it up, bring the magnet back to the bottom, and repeat. Do this for about 40 seconds.

  3. Pour water into the small plastic lid or bowl. Fill it to just below the brim.

  4. Place the cork in the water and then the needle on top. It may take a few minutes to get the needle to balance but eventually it will spin so that it faces North!

You can follow along with this video to help you create your own compass:

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Maariyah Mustafa  &  Natalie Duerr

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