Gravity Defying Magnets

45 Minutes | Beavers,Cubs,Scouts | Indoors

Experiement with gravity defying magnets



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Gravity Defying Magnets

45 Minutes | Beavers,Cubs,Scouts | Indoors

  • String
  • Paperclips
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 3 Strong magnets (Use either neodymium magnets 1.5cm or larger or ceramic magnets 2cm or larger)
  • wooden ruler
  • Tape
  • Blocks, books, or other material for stacking

  1. Start by tying some paperclips to pieces of string
  2. Place three magnets along a wooden ruler, using tape to secure the magnets to the top
  3. Suspend the ruler from two stacks of blocks, books, or other materials
  4. Be sure the magnets are facing down
  5. Take one paper clip and hold it until it’s just suspended below the first magnet
  6. Tape the string in place onto the table (or whatever surface your activity is on)
  7. Do this with the other two paperclips
  8. After taping the strings in place below the magnets, remove the ruler and observe what happens

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