A Magnetizing Lesson

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Third-grade students in Erin Kennedy’s class at Babylon Memorial Grade School enhanced their scientific knowledge during a recent lesson on magnetism, as they explored the most viable conductors which would allow a magnetic reaction through a trial-and-error experiment. 

Utilizing a “magnet wand,” the students received a kit containing various materials – including wood bars, plastic, aluminum foil and steel - which would ultimately test their ability to conduct a strong magnetic pull. After experimenting with each material provided, the third-graders concluded that steel was the most demonstrative conductor, as it contains an iron alloy within its structure.
They shared their results amongst one another in a group discussion, and made careful notes as to which materials worked best in conducting a magnetic pull.