Magnetic and Electric Science Projects

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Electricity and magnetism experiments require caution.

Science projects display fundamental principles. Several shocking projects relate magnetic and electric principles. Selecting a magnetic and electric science project causes concern because both pose hazards. Strong magnetic forces will damage electronic devices. Strong electric forces can cause burning and death. These magnetic and electric science projects offer safety and display basic principles.

  1. Bending Water

    • Electromagnetic forces drive magnets and electricity. This science project studies the relationship between magnetic and electric forces. Static electricity gets generated on a rubber comb with a wool cloth. This charged comb has extra electricity and will shock, spark, or discharge if touched. Place the comb next to a slow-running faucet. The water bends toward the charged comb as it gets closer. The magnetic charge of water allows the electric charge of the comb to attract each other.

    Electric Generator

    • This magnetic and electric science project represents the classical electric generator. Basic assembly requires two strong magnets, a nail, copper wire and some card board. The magnets go inside the box and spin with the nail. The box of cardboard needs to have copper wire wrapped around numerous times. The two ends of the copper wire attach to an electric load, like a small light bulb. Start spinning the magnets and the electricity generated from the electro-motive force flickers the light bulb.

    Sparks

    • This science project relies on the non-magnetic properties of aluminium. Generating sparks for a magnetic and electric science project requires a Styrofoam plate, cup, and aluminum pie pan. Tape a cup to the inside to the pie pan and charge the Styrofoam plate with a wool shirt. This charge is held by flipping the plate upside down. The pie pan part is held by the cup and when brought near the plate will spark fingers and other loads. Try a magnetic metal and demonstrate the differences.

    Swinging Cereal

    • Static plays an important role in the study of electromagnetism. This magnetic and electric science project requires a loop cereal, a string, a comb and wool cloth. Charge the comb with the cloth and hold the string to dangle the loop cereal. The cereal attracts and attaches to the charged comb and so will running water. This attraction is related to the magnetic force due to polarity in water and because of the insulted positive proteins in the puffy cereal.

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