Fifth Grade Lab

Week of December 3rd-December 7th, 2007

Fifth Grade will be working on Electromagnets

Electricity and magnetism are closely related.  Magnetism is a result of electric currents, and electric currents can be produced by changing magnetic fields.  When current flows through a wire a magnetic field is produced.  An electromagnet's strength can be varied by varying the length of winding wire or the strength of the current.

Lab:

This week fifth grade students will be building their own electromagnet out of a battery, insulated wire, and rubber band.  Then, they will test the strength of their electromagnets using paper clips.